NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – An armed man caught on video terrorizing a Brooklyn neighborhood is now in custody.

A man terrorized people with a handgun along several blocks in Brooklyn, even hitting a deliveryman in the back of his head. (Credit: NYPD Crime Stoppers)

Police say 30-year-old Nerron Purcell, of Brooklyn, pistol-whipped a bicycle deliveryman last week in Crown Heights.

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That same night, cameras caught him wandering several blocks, putting the gun against his head, and using the weapon to smash windows at an elementary school.

Authorities say he also threatened a woman in a parked car and hit his firearm against other vehicles.

Purcell is facing charges of assault, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal mischief.


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