PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Two people are charged after pointing a gun at a group of pedestrians in Portland Thursday afternoon.

Police say 32-year-old Ezra LeBlanc-Simpson and his girlfriend, 27-year-old Rachel Smith, both of Portland, were arrested in the parking lot of the North Gate Shopping Center.

Three men from Lewiston were in Portland to return a car to Smith. Leblanc-Simpson became angry and fired a flare gun directly at the men as they walked on Allen Avenue. The flare narrowly missed them, according to police.

Minutes later, both Smith and LeBlanc-Simpson allegedly drove by them again, this time pointing a handgun at the men.

Police found them 30 minutes later driving a different car but still allegedly armed with the flare gun and a pellet gun modeled after a real handgun.

LeBlanc-Simpson was free on bail after being charged with aggravated assault in connection to an assault on his girlfriend in September.

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