Written by Mischa Arnosky
Conshohocken Borough Police arrested a man on Monday who allegedly threatened a group of children with a rifle and a knife.
According to police, Nicholas Alexander Contos, 21, of the 300 block of Spring Mill Avenue, got into an argument with five children outside of his residence at about 5:15 p.m. after Contos said one of the children spit on his car.
The five children said they were walking down Spring Mill Avenue, and when they were in front of Contos’ residence, he made contact with them through the window, yelling at them and telling them to get away from his car, police said. According to the criminal complaint, Contos then exited his house with a rifle in his hand, pointed it at the group and threatened to shoot and kill them; he then dropped the gun inside the door and produced a knife that was described as opening by pushing a button like a switchblade.
According to the criminal complaint, Contos began walking toward the group with the knife; he then called one of the children a racial slur.
A neighbor then came outside, yelled, and everyone left. Contos then pulled down his pants so his rear end was showing, and told the group to “kiss his [expletive],” according to police.
Contos was charged with ethnic intimidation, a felony; open lewdness; terroristic threats; indecent exposure; recklessly endangering another person; and weapons charges.
Contos has been arrested several times in the past, including a May 2012 arrest in Conshohocken for theft for which he pleaded guilty and received two years’ probation, according to court records.
His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 30 at 1 p.m. in front of District Judge Deborah Lukens