ITHACA, N.Y. — Ithaca police have arrested a man who allegedly wielded a machete in two break-ins Thursday.

Dakota Croak, 20, of Ithaca, has been charged with second-degree burglary, second-degree menacing and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Croak was allegedly involved in two incidents Thursday in Ithaca before approaching police with machete still in hand at the second scene.

The first report that came in to police was of an assault at about 10 p.m. Thursday at the apartment complex at 150 West Village Place. Officers said a man had forced entry into an apartment armed with a machete. While inside, the man allegedly punched the occupant and demanded drugs and money. When the man had neither, Croak fled, police said.  The man suffered a minor cut on his hand from the machete, police said.

While officers were investigating the report at the apartment, another similar incident was reported nearby on the 600 block of Chestnut Street. The victim in the second incident said a man carrying a machete entered her apartment and smashed her microwave. The victim said the suspect fled before officers arrived on scene.

Police said while they were “formulating a plan” to search the area, Croak approached officers while still in possession of the machete. Police say they were able to “safely disarm” Croak and take him into custody.

Croak was arraigned in Ithaca City Court and remanded to Tompkins County Jail in lieu of $4,000 cash or $8,000 bond.

Kelsey O'Connor

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