A Wayne man pleaded guilty in federal court to assaulting a pair of swimmers with a dangerous weapon last month on the banks of the Delaware River, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Thursday.
Jeffrey A. Mulcahy, 58, admitted by videoconference to U.S. District Judge Michael A. Shipp that he pulled what appeared to be a handgun on two unnamed swimmers near the Kittatinny Point area of the Delaware Water Gap on Sept. 2, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito.
Mulcahy pointed the weapon at the swimmers, who were at the time standing on the shore. He demanded they get on the ground, said he’d kill them if they didn’t listen and struck one of the swimmers in the head with the gun, Carpenito said.
But the swimmer whom Mulcahy pistol-whipped fought back when Mulcahy tried to bind their hands with rope from his pocket, Carpenito said. The weapon, later found to be a pellet gun, fell to the ground during the struggle, where the other swimmer grabbed it and ran to contact police
Mulcahy allegedly fled after the fight, but Hackettstown police arrested him later. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, Carpenito said.
He will be sentenced March 4, 2021.
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