Update: Full details in arrest of wanted man from Cortland area

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Update – 4/9/2021 at 11:55 AM

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More details are available on the arrest of 32-year-old Matthew Perry, of Route 41 in Homer.

He was taken into custody without incident just before 8:00 this morning.

A search that lasted into the night began yesterday, when he eluded police chasing him across Cortland and Broome Counties. That eventually got called off.

Perry was later spotted in Tioga County, but escaped again from a state trooper who located him.

(Photo: NYSP)

It’s believed he then struck an unoccupied vehicle in Owego, ending up at a logging trail on Brooks Road in the town of Barton.

That’s where his vehicle suddenly ignited in flames. Perry exited and fled the scene on foot.

The vehicle damage caused a brush fire that would spread to a nearby vacant home. No other properties were at risk.

Law enforcement teams continued to patrol the surrounding area throughout the night without any luck.

Finally, they were dispatched this morning to a reported sighting of Perry on Halseyville Road in the town of Tioga.

He was eventually taken into custody without incident and is now being evaluated at Wilson Medical Center.

Forest Rangers, Halsey Valley, Tioga Center, Nichols and Owego fire departments responded to the scene of the fire, with additional monitoring by New York State Police Aviation — a NYSP drone.

The following police agencies assisted with the investigation:


  • Members from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation;
  • SORT (Special Operations Response Team);
  • the Forensic Identification Unit (FIU) responded to the scene.


  • City of Cortland Police;
  • Cortland County Sheriff’s Department;
  • Broome County Sheriff’s Department;
  • Broome County SWAT;
  • Tioga County Sheriff’s Department;
  • Tompkins County Sheriff’s Department SWAT;
  • Village of Owego Police Department.

Update – 4/9/2021 at 8:57 AM

State Troopers took Matthew Perry — a wanted man from Cortland — into custody without incident this morning in the town of Tioga.

A heavy police and fire presence will remain in the area for several hours.

At the end of a pursuit, Perry’s vehicle caught fire at the dead end of Brooks Road in the town of Barton, which spread to a nearby vacant home and surrounding area.

Perry then fled and was not located until his arrest this morning.

The investigation is ongoing and more details will be issued once available.

Original story – 4/8/2021

A wanted Cortland man is considered “armed and dangerous,” according to city police.

Thirty-two year-old Matthew O. Perry is dodging several criminal charges for contempt in family court.

He is described as 6’1″ tall and weighing 220 pounds, with blue eyes and brown hair.

Investigators believe he is still in the area.

Perry could be driving a white 2016 Hyundai Sonata. His license plate reads KJY 8581.

Information on his whereabouts should call CPD at 607-756-3001, ext. 0.

(Photos provided by city police)

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