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Matthew Picolo, Minot, charged with terrorizing

Matthew Craig Picolo, 33, Minot, is accused of making threatening comments about shooting the wife of a person he had been in an altercation with and later returning to the person’s residence and brandishing a firearm. Picolo is charged in district court in Minot with Class C felony terrorizing with a dangerous weapon.

A second man was reportedly involved in the incident and police are searching for that suspect, according to the Minot police.

According to a police affidavit filed with the court, video footage outside the woman’s residence showed two men wearing bandanas that were covering their lower faces and both were reportedly carrying pistols. The woman called police at 7:29 p.m. Monday and told police that there was knocking on the door and her car alarm had gone off. She identified one of the suspects as Picolo, in part because she said he uses a distinctive knock when he has been over at the residence. Picolo was located and placed under arrest on Tuesday afternoon.

Picolo made an initial appearance on the terrorizing charge on Wednesday before Judge Gary Lee. If he is convicted, Lee told Picolo that he would face a mandatory minimum sentence of two years in prison because he is alleged to have used a gun in commission of a crime. “I don’t own a weapon,” Picolo told Judge Lee. “Your honor, I don’t own a firearm. I have never owned a gun. “ Picolo said he plans to hire an attorney.

Lee set bond at $5,000, with a requirement that Picolo post 10 percent, or $500, to be released from jail, and ordered him to have no contact with the alleged victims. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 21.

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