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The Times
  • Bath salts may have triggered standoff in Ilion

  • An armed man allegedly high on bath salts barricaded himself inside a residence for four hours in the village of Ilion Sunday afternoon.

    The 24-year-old man surrendered unarmed around 5:40 p.m. after negotiations with police.

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  • An armed man allegedly high on bath salts barricaded himself inside a residence for four hours in the village of Ilion Sunday afternoon.
    The 24-year-old man surrendered unarmed around 5:40 p.m. after negotiations with police.
    The standoff took place at 114 E. Main St. and led to the closure of several roads in the area.
    The situation began around 1:30 p.m. when a person at 114 E. Main St. called to report a man — who was not identified — inside the residence was acting erratically, said Police Chief Timothy Parisi.
    The caller, said Parisi, then left the house. Police negotiations with the man began after heavily armed officers surrounded the house and neighbors were advised to stay inside their homes. Traffic around the immediate area of the residence was also rerouted by law enforcement.
    Parisi said the man acted irrationally as talks continued between him and police throughout the day. He added the man refused to voluntarily surrender or cooperate with all efforts to resolve the situation, and said the man made several verbal statements that he would not come out of the residence and that if anyone entered the residence the situation would become ugly.
    Parisi said the man also said any persons who entered the residence would be injured.
    In response, the chief said additional law enforcement agencies were contacted to assist, including state police, the state police negotiations team and the village of Mohawk and town of Frankfort police departments. The Ilion Police Department’s Special Response Team also responded, as did an armored police vehicle recently obtained by the department through the 1033 Program.
    Parisi said police were told the man used bath salts. “It’s becoming more prevalent and it’s frightening as a society because they’re just putting chemicals together one after another,” he said of the synthetic drug that has been the cause of a rash of violent and bizarre incidents in the area.
    The chief said the man came out of the house unarmed at about 5:40 p.m. and was immediately taken into custody. A weapon was later found inside the residence, according to police.
    The man was taken to the St. Luke’s campus of Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare in Utica.
    No charges were immediately filed against the man.
    “The resolution was a good one and no one was injured or hurt,” said Parisi.
    Contributing: GateHouse News Service

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