Police: Ithaca man threatened officers with knife during standoff

Police: Ithaca man threatened officers with knife during standoff

A stand-off in Ithaca early Saturday morning took hours to resolve, but ended without any injuries.

Police went to the 100 block of East State Street after 4:30 a.m. Saturday, after reports of a domestic disturbance.

Police say 33-year-old Ricardo Williams was inside the apartment and making threats. They say he was throwing items inside the apartment, and threatening to stab everyone in the face.

At one point, responding officers say Williams opened the door to the apartment, and was holding a large butcher-style knife over his head. They say he was making stabbing motions in the direction of the officers.

A police Taser was used, but Williams was able to get back inside the apartment. Police say that’s when Williams barricaded himself inside the apartment, and would not talk with officers.

Police used a robot camera to map out the apartment, and after several hours, SWAT team members were able to get inside. Williams was taken into custody without any further incident.

Williams is charged with menacing a police officer, criminal possession of a weapon, and criminal mischief.



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