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Glenville suspect's release worries police chief

WNYT Staff
Updated: February 11, 2020 05:18 PM
Created: February 11, 2020 05:16 PM

Glenville's police chief is sounding the alarm about the consequences of bail reform. He says a suspect who refused to identify himself and resisted arrest got to walk out the door.

Police were called to the Stewart's on Route 5 Sunday night for a man reportedly harassing customers.

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Two officers responded. The man refused to leave and refused to give his name. They also say he resisted.

When he was brought back to the police station, he refused to be fingerprinted.

He was eventually booked as a "John Doe."

Police have a picture, but they don't know who he is.

He's facing charges of trespass, resisting arrest, and obstructing governmental administration.

Police say the jail would not hold him with no ID.

They called in a local judge and police say the man still refused to give his name at arraignment and refused to cooperate with the judge.

Investigators are concerned because they don't know his criminal history, if he is wanted by any other police agency, or if he's considered dangerous.

The man – who refused to cooperate, walked out of court with no bail set.

Police note he was able to communicate well, but just refused to cooperate with them.

Police even tried offering him food from McDonald's and even gave him a ride to a local mission to get of the elements.

He was expected to be back in court Tuesday night, but they don't know if he will show up.

Hear more from the Glenville police chief about why this is so frustrating to him – and why they may have an idea now who he is, by watching the video of Kumi Tucker's story.


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