TICONDEROGA — A man walked into the Times of Ti office on Montcalm Street Tuesday afternoon and pulled a knife on the office manager.
According to Ticonderoga Police, the man, Mark Nadeau, walked into the office at 102 Montcalm Street shortly after noon and allegedly threatened the office manager, Susan Zacharenko, with a hunting knife that had a 12-inch blade.
Zacharenko said Nadeau walked into the office and asked if everyone was at lunch.
“I tried to make it seem like there were a lot of people in the office,” Zacharenko said. She said something “seemed off” about Nadeau by the way he looked around the office. Nadeau sat down across from Zacharenko’s desk and started describing to her that “there is going to be a disaster in Ticonderoga.”
“He kept telling me there is going to be a disaster in the town of Ti and that no one was listening to him,” Zacharenko said. “He kept changing his story and you could just see in his eyes there was something not right.”
After Zacharenko tried to persuade Nadeau to leave and gather his information from home to deliver to a reporter, Nadeau turned and pulled the hunting knife from behind his back, Zacharenko said.
“He was showing me the knife and he told me ‘I carry this knife with me all the time,’” Zacharenko said.
After Zacharenko was finally able to persuade Nadeau to leave, Nadeau walked out onto Montcalm Street still holding the knife. Zacharenko quickly locked the door and called the police.
Police arrested Nadeau for Menacing 2nd degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was arraigned in front of the Crown Point Judge at 3 p.m. and remanded to the Essex County Jail for lack of $5,000 bail or $10,000 bond.
According to Ticonderoga Investigator Dan LaFrance, it is unclear if Nadeau was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The incident was a startling one for Zacharenko who said she didn’t want to return to work on Wednesday.
“Every time someone walks through the door I shake a little,” she said. “I didn’t even want to come to work today.”
But Zacharenko said she decided to face her fear instead of sitting home.
“I came in today because I’m facing my enemy because my dad told me ‘You have to face what you’re afraid of not sit home,’” Zacharenko said.
LaFrance said incidents like this don’t happen often in Ticonderoga and the incident is still under investigation.
More information will be provided as it becomes available.