UPDATE (Friday 12:03 p.m.) –– The injured IPD officer Jamie Williamson was treated and released at Cayuga Medical Center on Tuesday, following the arrest of a suspect downtown during which Williamson sustained head injuries.

According to Ithaca Chief of Police Dennis Nayor, Williamson is scheduled for follow-up appointments and will be out of work for a few weeks.

The suspect, 62-year-old Richard Johnston, faces 3rd-degree Stalking charges, 2nd-degree Harassment charges, and multiple counts of Trespassing.

The original press release from IPD stated additional charges would be forthcoming, but Ithaca City Court has not yet received additional complaints.

Johnston is due back in court Jan. 3.

Original story –

ITHACA, N.Y. –– A man is in custody and a police officer in the hospital Tuesday after an arrest took a chaotic turn in downtown Ithaca.

According to a press release from the Ithaca Police Department, several complaints were made to the Ithaca Police department of a subject trespassing and harassing multiple people throughout the downtown area.

The suspect was also the subject of recent complaints of stalking.

Officers were able to locate the suspect, who was identified as 62-year-old Richard Johnston. Johnston was hostile and resistant to officers’ efforts to stop him.

While attempting to take Johnston into custody, one of the arresting officers’ head struck a nearby tree trunk, causing him to lose consciousness momentarily. Johnston was successfully taken into custody without further incident.

The officer was transported by ambulance to an area hospital where he is currently being treated. According to IPD, the severity of the injuries sustained are unknown at this time.

Johnston is scheduled to be arraigned later on Tuesday for 3rd-degree Stalking and numerous counts of Trespass and Harassment.

Additional charges will be forthcoming.

Anna Lamb

Anna Lamb is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at alamb@ithacavoice.com