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Domestic Incident Becomes Violent; Suspect Returns Threatening to Shoot Victim


Back on Monday, May 1st, around 4 in the morning, the Ithaca Police Department responded to a reported physical domestic at 130 Cherry Street in the City of Ithaca.

Once officers arrived, they found a victim who was assaulted by a person known to the victim. The suspect, 32 year old Gerald Smith, was able to flee from the scene before officers arrived. He was not located by police, but a warrant was issued for his arrest for numerous charges.

Those charges against Smith were: Assault in the 2nd, Strangulation in the 2nd, Unlawful Imprisonment in the 1st, Aggravated Family Offense, all Felonies, and Criminal Mischief in the 4th, a Misdemeanor.

It was then on Saturday, May 13th, around 10pm, that Smith returned to the location on Cherry Street and began to threaten to shoot the victim or himself with a gun. As officers arrived again, Smith fled to a nearby apartment. Officers were able to gain access into the apartment Smith was hiding in after a short time and he was taken into custody without incident. No firearm was found in his possession or within the apartment.

Smith was arraigned in Ithaca City Court and then remanded to Tompkins County Jail on $40,000 bail.

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