CORNING - A Corning man was arrested Thursday for allegedly uttering threats and swinging a knife around June 2 while sitting at a table near about 30 visiting students at McDonald’s.

Dante Sellers, 18, of 3364 Mayers Hill Road, Corning, was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and second-degree menacing.

The students were from Cincinnatus Central School on a bus trip to the Corning Museum of Glass. After leaving CMoG, the group stopped for lunch at McDonald’s on Denison Parkway, according to Corning Police Chief Jeff Spaulding.

“The students entered the restaurant and while inside McDonald’s sat at a table near an unknown male (Sellers) who began swinging a knife around while staring at the students,” Spaulding said.

The students later began boarding the bus and Sellers walked behind them carrying the knife, allegedly making an obscene gesture and yelling obscenities at the students.

“It appears (Sellers) was flashing some type of what was described as gang signs,” according to one of the victims.

Spaulding said police, after an investigation, do not believe Sellers is or has been a member of a street gang.

The incident at McDonald’s was brought to the attention of an adult chaperone by a student but no report was made until a student called the Corning Police Department at about 5:25 p.m. June 2.

Spaulding said the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office was very generous and helpful to the investigation, interviewing a victim, obtaining signed statements and collecting cell phone pictures and videos of the event.

The Corning Police Department also received video evidence from McDonald’s which helped patrolmen identify the suspect.

Sellers turned himself in at the Corning Police Department Thursday and will appear in Corning City Court June 12 to answer to the charges.