Ithaca, N.Y. — A deputy in the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office is accused of attacking a woman, hitting her dog, pinning the woman to the floor repeatedly, trying to prevent her from calling 911, and concealing evidence of the crime, according to police records obtained by The Voice through a Freedom of Information Law request.
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Deputy Jeremy Vann, who has worked for the sheriff’s office since at least 2011, was arrested in late March.
Vann was charged with the felonies of robbery, tampering with physical evidence and criminal mischief, as well as the misdemeanors of criminal mischief, criminal obstruction of breathing, unlawful imprisonment and assault.
Law enforcement have not publicly explained the charges beyond saying Vann was arrested in connection with an incident in a Town of Enfield home involving a 22-year-old woman.
After his bail was set at $5,000, Vann was released from jail and suspended with pay from the sheriff’s office. Vann was paid about $76,601 in 2014, according to SeeThroughNY.net.
At the time of his arrest, the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office referred requests for explanation of the charges to the New York State Police. State police in turn said they couldn’t comment, and referred questions to the sheriff’s office.
Records obtained by The Voice on Monday, however, show that Vann is accused of doing the following:
» Disrupting 911 call | Vann is accused of trying to prevent someone “from communicating a request for emergency assistance” by tearing from the wall, breaking and disabling a landline phone.
He is accused of doing so while someone was “attempting to seek or is engaged in the process of seeking emergency assistance rom police, law enforcement,” records say.
» Putting victim in chokehold | Vann is accused of applying pressure “on the throat or neck … with intent to impede the normal breathing or circulation of the blood of another person” by putting his victim in a chokehold and preventing the person from breathing for a period of time, police records state.
» Slamming foot of victim | Vann is accused of “intentionally slamming a door against (the) right foot” of a victim, causing the victim to “experience substantial pain and seek medical attention,” according to police records.
» Pinning, slapping victim | Vann is also accused of pinning the victim to the floor, slapping the victim in the face and screaming at the victim, according to police records.
» Damaging property | Vann was charged with criminal mischief because he damaged a coffee table and bathroom door by tearing off the door and frame and smashing the legs of the coffee table, according to court records.
» Tampering with evidence | Vann tried hiding evidence of damage to a wooden coffee table and wooden bathroom door by “loading the damaged items into the vehicle he was operating,” according to court records.
» Stealing cell phone | In addition to tearing out the landline, Deputy Vann stole the victim’s cell phone, according to court records.
» Hitting dog | There appears to be no formal criminal charge for this, but court records say Vann hit a dog and pushed it.
Court records also accuse Vann of stealing a purse, throwing the victim and kicking the victim.
Editor’s Note: Victims of domestic abuse can call the Tompkins County Advocacy Center at 277-5000.