Ithaca, N.Y. — A parolee was arrested near Beverly J. Martin Elementary School on Court Street after a 10-minute chase through the city Tuesday afternoon, according to Ithaca police.

Ziphaire O. Peters, 31, who is wanted for a violent felony, was first spotted by an Ithaca police investigator around 3:20 p.m. in the area of West Seneca and North Albany streets.


When police caught up with him 10 minutes later, Peters refused to follow orders to get on the ground and surrender, even though police had guns drawn, a statement from police said.

“Ithaca Police ordered the subject to the ground at gunpoint where he continued to reach into his pockets and fail to comply with verbal commands,” the statement said.

“Ithaca Police Officers used great restraint and professionalism and took Peters into custody without further incident.”

Here’s the account police gave of the chase:

Police recently learned that Peters, who is wanted out of Albany for a weapons-related offense, was in the Ithaca area.

Police cars were called to the scene when he was first spotted. That led Peters to take off running.

Police set up a perimeter in Washington Park “when Peters was once again spotted trying to slip through the perimeter on N. Plain Street.”

Peters then ran toward the Immaculate Conception School and was spotted again trying to enter a home on the 300 block of West Court Street.

That’s when police arrived and made the arrest.

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.