A Natrona County man is accused of trying to recruit local residents into a gang.

Thirty-two-year-old Melvin Brown has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of criminal entry, unlawful contact and breach of peace.

Casper Police say on Monday morning, February 17th, they were called to a disturbance on Andrea Lane.

A resident told investigators that Brown had pushed his way into her apartment, said he was part of gang, was recruiting members and was in the narcotics business.

She said that Brown threatened to cut her head off if she didn't join him.

The victim and neighbors then fled the area, while Brown followed, then returned to the apartment and closed the door.

At that point, Brown picked up a snow shovel and hit the door several times.

He has denied the accusations.

Brown is being held on $1,500 bond awaiting trial, and could face up to six months in prison, on each charge, if convicted.