ITHACA, N.Y. (UPDATE, 3:30 p.m.) – A man who jumped from a bridge into Six Mile Creek on Thursday while fleeing from police is now facing new charges in addition to the charges on the original warrant police were seeking him for.

Tompkins County Sheriff’s Lt. Dan Donahue said an off-duty deputy recognized Robert Predmore, 25, around 1:40 p.m., in a red pickup truck. A warrant was out for Predmore’s arrest for an earlier domestic incident, police said.

After police began following the vehicle, Donahue said Predmore realized he was being followed. The truck came to a stop at the intersection of South Meadow St. and West Clinton St., where Predmore exited the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot. When he came to the footbridge across Six Mile Creek on Route 13, police said Predmore climbed over the railing on the east side of the bridge and jumped into the water.

After Predmore jumped, the area was secured by members of law enforcement from Ithaca Police Department, Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office, the NYS Environmental Conservation Police, and the New York State Police. A deputy from the Sheriff’s office was then able to climb down and assist Predmore out of the water. Predmore was transported to Cayuga Medical Center for minor injuries.

Predmore was arraigned in Dryden Town Court for the original arrest warrant and remanded to Tompkins County Jail in lieu of $7,500 cash bail and $15,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Town of Dryden Court on June 28 at 4:00 PM. Police say Predmore was additionally charged with second-degree obstruction of governmental administration, second-degree reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest after the incident on Thursday.

Predmore is scheduled to appear in the City of Ithaca Court on June 16 for the recent charges.

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ITHACA, N. Y. — A man jumped from a bridge into Six Mile Creek Thursday afternoon while police were tailing him in an attempt to serve an arrest warrant related to a domestic violence incident, police said.

Lt. Dan Donahue said an off-duty deputy recognized Robert Predmore while he was in the back passenger seat of a red truck that turned onto South Meadow Street heading north. The deputy contacted Donahue and Ithaca police were dispatched to the scene around 1:40 p.m.

Several blocks later, Donahue said, “He realized he was being recognized, followed in the vehicle.”

While the truck was stopped at a red light on a bridge near the intersection of South Meadow and West Clinton streets, Predmore ran out of the vehicle, jumped the bridge railing, and landed in Six Mile Creek.

Donahue said Predmore then climbed from the water up a cement pillar and sat on a wooden ledge surrounded by a netted, orange plastic barrier. A deputy was able to stay in verbal contact with Predmore while back up arrived.

Predmore was treated for non-life threating injuries at the scene and taken in a Bangs Ambulance to Cayuga Medical Center.

Donahue said the person driving in a truck left the scene but officials were able to obtain registration information from the vehicle. It’s unclear if anyone else will face charges.

Ithaca police, New York State Police, several Tompkins County deputies, the Ithaca Fire Department and New York State Environmental Conservation Police responded to the scene.

Robert Predmore jumped into Six Mile Creek Thursday afternoon and climbed up a cement pillar. Photo by Jolene Almendarez/The Ithaca Voice
Robert Predmore was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Photo by Jolene Almendarez/The Ithaca Voice

Jolene Almendarez

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