Enfield, N.Y. — A Newfield man was arrested by police after a short foot chase on Sunday after officers were called to a report of a man with a gun who was threatening to kill people.

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Police found Clifton T. Clarke, 23, at a home in the town of Enfield with his hand under his shirt. He was with a woman and a small child.

Clarke refused to show his hands when ordered, then put one hand inside of his waistband and took off running, according to a news release from the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office. He was arrested behind 165 Jacobs Drive extension after the brief chase.

Clarke is now accused of assaulting a 49-year-old woman. During a domestic dispute, according to law enforcement, Clarke attacked the woman, then held her against her will and threatened her with a 12-gauge shotgun.

The woman was injured and taken to the Cayuga Medical Center for treatment. Her current condition is unknown.

Clarke now faces the following charges:

— First-degree reckless endangerment (felony)

— First-degree unlawful imprisonment (felony)

— Third-degree assault (misdemeanor)

— Second-degree menacing (misdemeanor)

— Criminal obstruction of breathing (misdemeanor)

— Fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon (misdemeanor)

— Endangering the welfare of a child (misdemeanor)

No mugshot was available.

According to the rest of the news release:

Clarke was taken to the Town of Enfield Town Court and arraigned before Judge Poole. Clarke was remanded to the Tompkins County Jail in lieu of $200,000 cash bail or $400,000 secured bond. Clarke is to reappear in the Town of Enfield Court on May 13, 2015 at 3:00 P.M.

Assisting with the investigation were members of the New York State Police, New York State Park Police and the Tompkins County District Attorney’s Office.


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Jeff Stein

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