Police: Milford business owner charged with threatening, harassment

A file photo of a Milford, Conn., police cruiser.

A file photo of a Milford, Conn., police cruiser.

Christian Abraham / Hearst Connecticut Media

MILFORD — A local business owner was charged after police said he used racial slurs and threatened the owner of a neighboring business.

John Iaffaldano, 57, who runs a business in the Research Drive commercial complex, was charged with second-degree threatening, second-degree harassment and breach of peace, police said. He was released on a promise to appear and given a May 3 court date.

Police said Iaffaldano allegedly called the owner of the neighboring business repeatedly on Sunday night, while “using racial slurs, and threatening to kill the other owner.”

After the calls, the other business owner went to check on their establishment. Police said when the owner arrived at about 10:15 p.m., Iaffaldano allegedly came out of his business “holding what was later determined to be an airsoft gun and pointed it at the other owner.”

According to Milford police the two did not have any history of prior incidents. Police said Iaffaldano was intoxicated and that may have contributed to the situation.

“The other owner was surprised because there had never been any incidents between them,” said Officer Marilisa Anania.