This story was updated at 12:47 p.m. Wednesday
Ithaca police have charged 25-year-old Dennis Noonan, of Ithaca, with felony second-degree robbery after he robbed a pizza delivery driver Monday and barricaded himself in his apartment later the next day.
On Tuesday, police identified Noonan as the suspect of the robbery. While investigating, police say Noonan barricaded himself inside of an apartment on the 150 block of West Village Place. He initially refused to come out but ultimately surrendered to police after several hours.
Noonan was arraigned in Ithaca City Court on the charge of second-degree robbery and remanded to the Tompkins County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond.
Police say a search of Noonan’s apartment also indicated a meth lab, but the investigation continues. No charges have been filed related to meth-making materials.
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ITHACA, N.Y — A man police say robbed a Domino’s pizza delivery driver is in custody after an hours-long standoff ensued Tuesday night at the West Village Apartments.
Police said Monday night that a delivery driver was robbed at gunpoint on the 400 block of Elm Street by a male who fired two rounds into the roadway and stole about $30 in cash and credit cards. The man then fled to the West Village area, which has surveillance cameras throughout the complex.
Police said that after an investigation began, officers were at the apartment complex by around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, the next day, where it eventually came to light that the person allegedly responsible for the robbery was likely in apartments 337 or 338. By 8 p.m., the suspect had barricaded himself into one of the apartments.
“It turned from a surveillance incident into a barricaded suspect,” Sgt. Mike Nelson said.
Police Chief Pete Tyler said, “We made contact with him. He indicated that…he was armed and that he was not coming out.”
The SWAT team and Tompkins County Sheriff’s Department were called in to assist at the scene, and nearby residents were evacuated from the area via a TCAT bus.
“Through intensive negotiations, we were able to obtain contact with him and maintain contact throughout the entire event and he finally agreed to surrender,” Tyler said.
The standoff lasted about three hours and nobody was injured when the suspect was taken into custody around 11 p.m.
Two active one-pot meth labs were also found in the apartment, police said, and the New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team was called to the scene and are still investigating.
Tyler commended those who participated in the incident — including the negotiation team, SWAT and the TCSO — for their ability to track down the suspect and ensure the incident ended peacefully.
The name of the suspect and charges he’s facing will be released after he is officially charged, Tyler said.
Featured photo: Police set up a command post Tuesday night while a suspect was barricaded in a West Village apartment and refusing to come out. Photo by Jolene Almendarez/The Ithaca Voice
Correction: Domino’s was initially misspelled in this story.