ITHACA, N.Y.—A man who barricaded himself in the Tompkins County Mental Health building bathroom was taken into custody Monday and has now been charged with two felonies.
Police and officials at the county Mental Health Department detailed the incident, which began around 10 a.m. on Monday. Police claimed that someone was barricaded inside a bathroom in the building on Green Street, and was armed with an “edged weapon” and “acting out of control.”
Officers were unable to get the person to leave the bathroom, and the Ithaca-Tompkins Specialized Response Team (SWAT team) and the Ithaca-Tompkins Crisis Negotiation Team both responded after that. Crisis negotiators worked for two hours before “less lethal options were deployed” by police, after which the person did leave the bathroom. Subsequent to that, there was a struggle with police, and more “less lethal options” were used to subdue the suspect.
The man was taken into custody after being released from a mental health evaluation Tuesday. The Ithaca Voice is not releasing the suspect’s name, since the county has stated he was undergoing a “mental health emergency.” He has been charged with menacing of a police officer and criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, both felonies. He was remanded to the Tompkins County Jail.
The mental health department thanked authorities for their work and, after shutting down operations for the day on Monday, returned to service Tuesday.