Cops: Man threatened to shoot Cortland Walmart employees, customers

Veasna H. Pedersen, 32, of Dryden (Photo: Provided)

CORTLAND, N.Y. — A 32-year-old Dryden man phoned the Cortland Walmart early Monday morning, threatening to shoot all of the store’s occupants, according to a news release from the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office.

At around 1:48 a.m. Monday, officers responded to Walmart on Bennie Road in Cortlandville after employees heard a threatening message from an unknown caller.

Employees told officers that the caller threatened to shoot all of the occupants of the store, according to Sgt. Stacy Billings with the sheriff’s office.

With assistance from the Village of Dryden Police Department, investigators from the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office located Veasna H. Pedersen, 32, at his residence in the village of Dryden.

Pedersen was taken to the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office, where more interviews took place.

Authorities charged Pedersen with making a terroristic threat, a class D felony, and aggravated harassment in the second degree, a misdemeanor. He was arraigned in Cortlandville Town Court and taken to the Cortland County Jail without bail on the felony charge. Bail was set at $1,000 cash / $2,000 bond for the misdemeanor charge.

There were no weapons displayed or located during the investigation, the sheriff’s office said.