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Court papers: Queens man threatened to kill officer

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NEW YORK (AP/PIX11) — A 38-year-old man who authorities say was overheard at a New York City bank threatening to kill a police officer remains held on $500,000 bail.

Elvin Payamps remained incarcerated Friday after his Wednesday arrest. Authorities say a witness became alarmed after overhearing Payamps talking into his cell phone and called police.

Court papers say the witness heard Payamps say he was going to kill an officer and that it should occur before Christmas.

“We take these charges very seriously-particularly in light of the fact that illegal weapons, ammunition and bulletproof vests were found in the defendant’s home," said Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.  "We will not under any circumstances tolerate violence against anyone in our community, especially not against police officers who tirelessly protect and serve all of us.”

When police searched Payamps' home, they found metal knuckles, several guns, ammunition and two bulletproof vests.

One of the vests was labeled as being from the Brooklyn Detention Complex, authorities say.

Payamps was captured nearby and arrested on gun charges. The complaint said he admitted that he said the gunman who shot two police officers in their patrol car nearly a week ago should have killed two white officers rather than an Asian and a Hispanic officer.

Payamps will appear in court on January 7, 2015.

He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.