Charge dismissed after victims can't be found

URBANA — The Champaign County state's attorney said she dismissed a misdemeanor charge against a Mahomet man who allegedly threatened to shoot two women, because they couldn't be found.

Scott McCaughrin, 70, who listed an address in the 1000 block of North Hillside Lane, had been charged in late September with aggravated assault for allegedly pointing a device that looked like a gun at two women, threatening to shoot them. The incident allegedly happened Sept. 9.

The women gave Mahomet police a license plate number and Chief Mike Metzler went to McCaughrin's home to talk to him. After exchanging a few words, McCaughrin reportedly slammed the door on Metzler.

Believing McCaughrin was armed, police surrounded his house for a couple of hours but he eventually came out. A search of his vehicle and home turned up a toy handgun that matched the description given by the women.

The charge against McCaughrin was dismissed on Monday.

"The witnesses did not respond to our efforts to communicate with them prior to trial," said State's Attorney Julia Rietz.

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