Update 8:30 a.m. Wednesday — 

Jesus O. Rivera, 39, of Freeville, has been arrested and charged in the incident yesterday that closed Route 366 and drew a large police response.

Rivera faces felony charges of assault in the second degree and unlawful imprisonment in the second degree, according to Trooper Nathan Riegal of the New York State Police.

He also faces the misdemeanor charge of first-degree menacing.

Here’s the state police account of the incident:

At around 11:34 a.m., state police were called to 399 Main Street, which is in the town of Dryden. There was a report “of a husband threatening to kill his wife and their infant with a handgun and refusing to let them leave,” the statement said.

Troopers arriving on scene found the wife and infant son outside. The husband — later identified as Rivera — was inside the home and would not come out. Police also determined that he had hit his wife with a handgun, “causing an injury.”

A perimeter was secured. The New York State Police Special Operations and Response Team responded to the scene along with the Ithaca Police Department, Syracuse Police Department, Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office and the Dryden Ambulance Squad.

At 3:35 p.m., several hours later, Rivera peacefully surrendered.


He was arraigned in Groton Town Court and sent to jail on $15,000 cash bail or $50,000 property bond bail.

A handgun was found in the residence and additional charges are pending.

Update 4:25 p.m. Tuesday —

A suspect is now in custody after law enforcement spent several hours at the scene of a barricaded person in a house near the Tompkins County village of Freeville on Tuesday, according to Trooper Nathan Riegal of the New York State Police.

Emergency responders were called a little after noon to a house on Main Street in Freeville for a report of a domestic incident, according to Trooper Riegal.

By the time police arrived, only one person — a man who hasn’t been identified — was in the house.

There was then “a threat of a weapon” — Trooper Riegal didn’t give specifics — leading to a barricaded suspect incident at the house.

The state police SWAT team was called to the scene, as was the Ithaca Police Department and the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office.

The suspect surrendered at 3:58 p.m. and was taken into custody without further incident, Trooper Riegal said.

Route 366 has been reopened after it was closed during the incident.

“It’s over, the guy’s in custody,” Riegal said. “He turned himself in.”

Riegal said he didn’t know if charges would be filed against the man but that more information may be released tomorrow.

Earlier —

Freeville, N.Y. — Emergency responders are at the scene of what has been reported as a domestic incident in Tompkins County Tuesday afternoon, according to law enforcement officials.

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Route 366 near the village of Freeville — about 10 minutes northeast of Ithaca — is closed near its intersection at Kirk Road, according to state police.

“We have manpower there,” an official with state police said.

State police are the lead agency, but the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office and Ithaca police have also been called to the scene.

Police have been at the scene since 11:34 a.m., or over four hours.

The Tompkins County 911 Dispatch Center confirmed the time of the call.

“There’s a lot of assets out there,” the dispatcher said.

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Jeff Stein

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