Update (Oct. 12): District Attorney Matthew Van Houten has announced that the suspect in an alleged home invasion earlier this month will face more charges stemming from the crime.

Christian Little-Paz, 36 years old of Ithaca, was indicted for the incident involving a home invasion and subsequent car chase and crash on Oct. 1, as described in the original story below. A grand jury has indicted Little-Paz on felonies of first degree burglary, two counts of first degree robbery, fourth degree grand larceny and third degree criminal possession of a weapon.

In a press release, Van Houten said that the maximum penalty for the first degree robbery and burglary charges, which are Class B felonies, is 25 years incarceration. The maximum penalty for fourth degree grand larceny and third degree criminal possession of a weapon is four years and seven years, respectively.

Original story (Oct. 1):

ITHACA, N.Y.—One person has been arrested after an early morning home invasion on South Plain Street in downtown Ithaca.

Police were called to a residence on South Plain Street just after 6 a.m. Saturday morning, where there was a report of a home invasion in progress. Police stated that the caller said three people had been woken up by an unknown intruder in their house, armed with a knife.

The suspect had taken some property during the incident and left in the victim’s car to flee the scene. After a brief chase from police, the suspect crashed the car into a small tree in front of Kwik Fill gas on Elmira Road, according to police.

“Officers ordered the driver out of the car, the driver failed to comply with the orders and attempted to flee again, but the vehicle was hung up on the tree he had struck,” police wrote. “The suspect continued attempts to try to free the car, but it didn’t work.”

Police said they negotiated with the suspect, Christian Little-Paz, 36 of Ithaca, for several minutes but Little-Paz “failed to comply with orders” and bean bag munitions were used twice to subdue him.

“Mr. Little-Paz received medical treatment and due to his level of intoxication/impairment he is still being evaluated by medical professionals,” the police wrote.

Once released, Little-Paz will be charged with first degree robbery and first degree burglary, both of which are Class B felonies.

Matt Butler

Matt Butler is the Managing Editor at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at mbutler@ithacavoice.com