ITHACA, N.Y. — An Ithaca man is in custody after allegedly punching police officers, kicking vehicles and defecating and urinating in his holding cell, officials said.
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Ithaca police said in a news release that officers responded Tuesday to the intersection of Taughannock Boulevard and West Buffalo Street after receiving calls about a man kicking and trying to get into vehicles.
Carmen Dechellis, 55, was eventually taken into custody, resisting arrest and punching officers. He also threatened to kill the officers and their families.
The news release states that Dechellis was too combative to be fingerprinted and booked, and was placed in a holding cell at Ithaca Police Department Headquarters.
While in the cell, he defecated on the floor twice, smeared feces on the walls and lock, urinated in a sock he threw at an officer and spat at officers.
He refused to speak to his assigned lawyer during arraignment and threatened to kill Ithaca City Judge Richard Wallace.
Dechellis was remanded to the Tompkins County Jail in lieu of posting $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond. He faces a felony, five misdemeanors and a violation charge.
Dechellis is scheduled to appear in court again on Jan. 8.
Ithaca police released the following detailed account of the incident:
On January 5, 2016 at about 6:42 pm IPD officers responded to the intersection of Taughannock Boulevard and West Buffalo Street for a report of a disorderly male kicking cars and attempting to get into vehicles.
A description of the suspect was provided to responding officers. Upon arrival to the area officers located a subject matching that description inside of a nearby restaurant.
Officers made contact with the owners of the vehicles, who indicated they would like the suspect arrested.
The suspect was identified from prior police interactions as Carmen Dechellis.
Dechellis was combative towards police officers as they secured him in handcuffs. Dechellis punched police officers, including the police supervisor on scene, and repeatedly threatened to shoot and kill police officers and their wives and children.
Dechellis also used racial slurs against a police officer regarding the officer’s race and heritage.
While en route to IPDHQ for booking Dechellis repeatedly kicked the passenger-side window of the patrol car he was being transported in.
At IPDHQ, Dechellis was too combative to be fingerprinted and booked as per normal. Dechellis was subsequently placed in a holding cell. Once placed in the cell Dechellis defecated twice on the floor of the cell.
Dechellis then smeared his feces on the walls of the cell and covered the locking mechanism of the cell with his feces. Dechellis then urinated on the floor of the cell. Dechellis also spit at officers who attempted to communicate with him, and then threw a sock filled with his urine and feces at an officer.
Judge Wallace was contacted and responded to IPDHQ for an arraignment. Dechllis refused to speak to the Judge or his assigned attorney regarding his current charges.
Dechellis repeatedly threatened to kill the judge during the arraignment. Dechellis was remanded to the Tompkins County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.
Dechellis has a return court date of January 08, 2016.
Officers prepared themselves in Tyvek suits to extract Dechellis from the jail cell he was placed in. Dechellis ultimately complied and was transported to the Tompkins County Jail without further incident.
A bio-hazard cleaning service was contacted and responded to clean the jail cell that Dechellis was in. Current charges against Dechellis are as follows:
— One count of Harassment in the Second Degree, Violation
— Two counts of Criminal Tampering in the Third Degree, Class B Misdemeanor
–One count of Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree, Class A Misdemeanor
–One count of Attempted Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree, Class B Misdemeanor
— One count of Resisting Arrest, Class A Misdemeanor
— One count of Aggravated Harassment of an Employee by an Inmate, Class E Felony
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