This article was written by Reporters Jolene Almendarez and Kelsey O’Connor. 

UPDATE (2:55 p.m.) — Damien Blackman, 38, of Ithaca, was taken into custody Monday. The incident was resolved peacefully, Deputy Chief Vincent Monticello said as the scene on Hudson Street was clearing up Monday.

Monticello said there was a report of a physical dispute and police were able to get one person out of the house. Blackman allegedly refused to come out of the home, instead barricading himself into a second-floor bedroom.

Monticello said the incident was resolved peacefully after the man eventually came out of the home and turned himself over to police officers. The Ithaca.Tompkins County SWAT team dispatched to the scene was not used to force the man out.

The entire incident lasted for about 90 minutes.

Blackman was wanted on a felony warrant from the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office for third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was turned over to the sheriff’s department, but charges are also pending for the Ithaca incident.

No one was injured during the incident.

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UPDATE (2:45 p.m.) — Police are searching a white home near Pearsall Place and Hudson Street that appears to be a duplex. A suspect has been taken into custody.

UPDATE (2:40 p.m.) — Hudson Street has reopened to traffic, according to Ithaca police.

ITHACA, N.Y. — A suspect is in custody after a possible barricade situation at a home on Hudson Street in Ithaca.

At about 2:30 p.m., a man wearing jeans and a white tank top was being led out by officers, including SWAT team officers, from the Ithaca Police Department. There has been a large amount of police activity near a home on the 500 block of Hudson Street. A witness on the scene said a man barricaded himself in the home. Police have not commented yet.

Police are asking people to avoid the area. Hudson Street is closed from Hillview to Grandview.

Police were called to the scene around 12:26 p.m. Monday.

A witness who was previously at the home and decline to be named, said police went to the home for a domestic dispute. His friend, who may have a warrant for his arrest, refused to leave the home.

“He’s going through some things right now,” the witness said.

Traffic is being rerouted around the area as police respond to a home on the 500 block of Hudson Street. Photo by Jolene Almendarez/The Ithaca Voice

At least one officer who appears to be in a SWAT uniform is in the area and at least one of the IPD K9s is also at the scene. Cornell police are blocking off the road at Hudson Street and Hillview Place, redirecting traffic and not letting people down the street even to go to their homes.

Police have not released a statement about the incident, but officials are asking people to avoid the area.

Students at South Hill Elementary are being dismissed through the back entrance of the school. Dismissal began at 2 p.m. South Hill Elementary School was not on a lock down Monday, according to Emilee Tracy-Arm, assistant to the superintendent.

Damien Blackman is taken into custody by Ithaca police after barricading himself into a home on the 500 block of Hudson Street. Photo by Jolene Almendarez/The Ithaca Voice
Damien Blackman is taken into custody by Ithaca police after barricading himself into a home on the 500 block of Hudson Street. Photo by Jolene Almendarez/The Ithaca Voice
Damien Blackman is taken into custody by Ithaca police after barricading himself into a home on the 500 block of Hudson Street. Photo by Jolene Almendarez/The Ithaca Voice
Damien Blackman is taken into custody by Ithaca police after barricading himself into a home on the 500 block of Hudson Street. Photo by Jolene Almendarez/The Ithaca Voice
Ithaca police responded to a domestic dispute on the 500 block of Hudson Street Monday afternoon where a man barricaded himself into a home. Photo by Jolene Almendarez/The Ithaca Voice
The SWAT team was dispatched to the 500 block of Hudson Street after a man with a warrant barricaded himself into a home. Photo by Jolene Almendarez/The Ithaca Voice
The SWAT team was dispatched to the 500 block of Hudson Street after a man with a warrant barricaded himself into a home. Photo by Jolene Almendarez/The Ithaca Voice
The SWAT team was dispatched to the 500 block of Hudson Street after a man with a warrant barricaded himself into a home. Photo by Jolene Almendarez/The Ithaca Voice
The SWAT team was dispatched to the 500 block of Hudson Street after a man with a warrant barricaded himself into a home. Photo by Jolene Almendarez/The Ithaca Voice
The SWAT team was dispatched to the 500 block of Hudson Street after a man with a warrant barricaded himself into a home. 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.