ITHACA, N.Y. — A wanted man who fled from police on foot when he was recognized, was taken into custody and found with heroin and thousands of dollars, officials said.

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Tyrell Simms, 24, is charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree forgery, and being a fugitive from justice. He was wanted on two separate warrants from the State of Connecticut Superior Court.

He’s remanded to the Tompkins Count Jail without bail.

The Ithaca Police Department released the following details about the incident:

After a narcotics trafficking investigation, a Search Warrant for a person whom they (officials) only knew the “street name” of was issued out of Ithaca City Court.

On February 2, 2016 at about 12:46 pm IPD officers observed this subject in the 100 block of West Buffalo Street. IPD officers attempted to serve the Search Warrant, however he fled the area on foot.

Officers caught the subject in the 300 block of North Geneva Street and he was secured in police custody. A small amount of heroin and $4,020.00 in cash was found on him during a search of his person.

While speaking to arresting officers he continuously provided what was later determined to be a false name and date of birth. This subject was transported to IPDHQ for booking.

At IPDHQ the subject continued to provide police officers with the same false name and date of birth. The subject’s true identity was ascertained via the New York State Integrated Justice Portal.

The subject’s true name is Tyrell Simms. Simms was booked on one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, one count of Forgery in the Second Degree, and Being a Fugitive From Justice stemming from two separate State of Connecticut Superior Court Warrants.

Simms was arraigned in Ithaca City Court and remanded to the Tompkins County Jail without bail. Officers with the Tompkins County Sheriffs Department and the New York State CNET assisted with this investigation and arrest.

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Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.