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Arrest in alleged death threat for NCAA Tournament gambling debt

Photo Credit: Courtesy Englewood PD

ONLY ON CVP: A Teaneck man accused of walking into an Englewood associate’s home and threatening to kill him for a $300 debt from an NCAA Tournament bet insists he didn’t do it — and that the debtor actually owes him $1,000, city police said tonight.

Englewood police arrested Andre Wiggins, 41, at his home last night after the 62-year-old gambler contacted police.

The purported victim said Wiggins showed up at his Humphrey Street apartment on Sunday night, walked in through an unlocked front door and demanded he pay up, Detective Capt. Tim Torell told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

When he said he needed more time, the man told police, Wiggins “told him, ‘You’re out of time’,” Torell said.

He then threatened to kill him and break his legs, the man said.

“At the time the incident was reported to the police, the victim in this case, in addition to apparently making some lousy picks during the Tourney, didn’t know Wiggins’ real name,” Torell said.

City detectives identified him soon after, the captain said.

As they arrested him, assisted by their Teaneck colleagues, “Wiggins denied entering the home and making the threats,” Torell told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

“However, he did want to make sure he told us that the victim owed him $1000 and not $300….We noted that in our reports.”

Wiggins was being held on $40,000 bail at the Bergen County Jail, charged with burglary (for allegedly entering the man’s house) and threatening to kill him. He’s also wanted on a pair of warrants out of Camden County, records show.

MUGSHOT: Courtesy Englewood PD

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