ITHACA, N.Y. — The bail for an Enfield man accused of holding a woman at gunpoint on May 10 was reduced to less than a quarter of its initial amount Tuesday morning.


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Clifton T. Clarke, 23, was originally held on $200,000 cash bail or $400,000 bond after he allegedly held a 49-year-old woman against her will, choked her, and threatened her with a 12-gauge shotgun. Three days later, following a preliminary felony hearing in which the alleged victim testified, Enfield Town Justice Betty Poole reduced the amount to $75,000 cash bail and $150,000 bond.

His bail was reduced Tuesday to $10,000 cash or $25,000 bond.

Court documents say that Clarke was concerned that his girlfriend wanted to kill herself, so he called her mother to a home on the 100 block of Goodwin Road in Enfield. When the mother arrived, a discussion between her and Clarke escalated about whether to call the police — a 5-year-old child was in a bedroom while they argued, according to law enforcement.

The mother said Clarke then grabbed her by her neck, dragged her to the living room and threatened to kill her while holding a shotgun under her chin. The mother said she was able to calm Clarke down and they walked around the neighborhood looking for her daughter, who ran out of the house.

Clarke fled the scene when police arrived, but was caught by officers after a brief foot chase, police said.

His initial seven charges have been reduced to the following five charges:

— First-degree unlawful imprisonment (felony)

— Second-degree strangulation (felony)

— Third-degree criminal possession of a weapon (felony)

— Second-degree menacing (misdemeanor)

— Endangering the welfare of a child (misdemeanor)

Clarke was not indicted on felony first-degree reckless endangerment or misdemeanor third-degree assault, which he was initially charged with.

He’s pleading not guilty to all the charges.

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