Police: Seneca Falls man threatened person with knife, then officers with butane torch in pair of incidents

Police say a Seneca Falls man was arrested after a pair of incidents over the weekend.

On Friday, police received a delayed report that Florencio Alicea, 37, of Seneca Falls punched another person, then displayed a knife- making threats toward them.

No one was injured in that incident, but officers charged Alicea with harassment, menacing, and criminal possession of a weapon.

Two days later, police responded to a report that Alicea was destroying electrical meters with a hammer. Upon arrival, officers found him inside a trailer, of which he refused to exit.


While police were on scene Alicea broke several windows of the residence and threatened serious physical injury to other individuals. Eventually, police made entry after a 14-year-old child exited.

When confronted by police, Alicea ignited a butane torch, pointed it at the officers, and threatened to burn them.

He was taken into custody and charged with criminal mischief, criminal tampering, menacing, endangering the welfare of a child, and criminal possession of a weapon.

For both incidents Alicea was also charged with one count of resisting arrest. He was treated and released from Geneva General Hospital, then transported to the Seneca County Jail.

Police said the 14-year-old was not injured in the incident. The Seneca Falls Police Department was assisted by the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police.


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