Dunkirk man accused of threatening co-workers with loaded gun

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DUNKIRK, N.Y. (WIVB) – There were some very scary moments for workers at the Dunkirk ice cream plant Wednesday morning when another employee threatened them with a loaded handgun, according to police.

It happened around 5 a.m. Wednesday inside the Fieldbrook Foods plant.

Rolando Rivera-Santos
Rolando Rivera-Santos

Police say Rolando Rivera-Santos, 41, displayed a gun toward his co-workers in a threatening way. Responding officers say they found a loaded .38 caliber semiautomatic handgun on Rivera-Santos when they patted him down.

Dunkirk’s Police Chief, David Ortalano, says Rivera-Santos has prior criminal convictions and should not have had a gun.

Rivera-Santos is now facing felony charges of Criminal Possession of a Weapon and Menacing.

No one was hurt in the incident.

Both Dunkirk’s mayor and the police chief told News 4 they’re pleased with how the situation was handled.

“I know that they have security there 24/7, which a lot of plants don’t have that. So in my opinion, this is an unfortunate incident. I have the utmost respect for Fieldbrook Foods. I believe they have very good security there and their employees are safe,” said Mayor Wilfred Rosas, who added he has been working very closely with the company’s CEO and has been in the plant to see it for himself several times this year.

“Fieldbrook Foods did a great job with their security personnel this morning, and immediately notifying our officers and assisting them coming into the facility with getting them right to where the problem was,” Chief Ortalano said. “Our officers responded quickly and did a very good job at bringing this incident to a very quick closure.”

Mayor Rosas says he has offered Fieldbrook Foods more police assistance if the company wants it, but city officials stress this was an isolated incident.

Rivera-Santos was taken into police custody following Wednesday morning’s incident. He’s being held without bail pending his arraignment in city court.

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