Update: A 12-hour standoff in Dryden, which began Thursday afternoon and lasted into the early morning hours Friday, ended peacefully with a man being taken into custody.

Robert Predmore surrendered to police just after 4:30 a.m., Lieutenant Dan Donahue, of the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office, confirmed.

He said deputies responded to a mobile home on Third Street around 4:45 p.m. Thursday to serve several warrants to Predmore. After getting in touch with an acquaintance, Predmore holed up in the person’s home and refused to come out.

“He flat out said he’s not coming out… he knows what he’s done wrong. He just doesn’t want to face the consequences,” Donahue said during the standoff. “So now it’s just a waiting game.”

He said Predmore did not threaten the police or the acquaintance, who ended up in the home with the man during the incident.

Nobody was injured when the man turned himself in to officials after hours of conversations via cell phone. Predmore was not believed to have been armed during the incident and was unarmed when taken into custody.

Donahue said police are continuing to investigate the incident and, afterward, Predmore will likely face additional charges in regard to the incident.

The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office, Dryden police and fire departments, New York State Police, Ithaca Police Department and Dryden Ambulance are at the scene. Donahue said the SWAT team was not called to the scene because officials did not think it was necessary to do so.

“I would call it more of a stalemate than a standoff,” Donahue said.

Featured image a screenshot from a Facebook live video which includes statements from Donahue shortly after Predmore’s arrest. The video can be see here. 

ITHACA, N.Y. — Police have been responding to a standoff situation in Dryden since about 4:45 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

Officers attempted to serve multiple warrants to a man at a mobile home on Third Street when the man in a trailer refused to come out, said Lt. Dan Donahue, of the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office.

“We have every reason to believe now that the subject has been in there the whole time,” he said.

He said the man and an acquaintance are both in the home and have been in conversations with the police via cell phone. It was initially thought that the incident could be a hostage situation, but it’s unclear if that remains the situation. “It’s hard to say at this point,” he said.

Police said the man told officers that he does not have a firearm, though officers are taking safety precautions just in case that is not true. The man, Donahue said, has not made any threats to officers or the acquaintance.

“He flat out said he’s not coming out… he knows what he’s done wrong. He just doesn’t want to face the consequences.”

The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office, Dryden police and fire department, New York State Police and Dryden Ambulance are at the scene. Donahue said the SWAT team has not been called to the scene because officials have not determined that it’s necessary.

“I would call it more of a stalemate than a standoff,” Donahue said.

“So now it’s just a waiting game,” he said, adding that police hope to resolve the situation peacefully.

This is a developing story. Check back later for more updates.

Jolene Almendarez

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