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Felony assault, burglary charges follow serious domestic incident in Seneca County

Seneca County Sheriff’s Investigators arrested 29-year-old David S. Laird on Wednesday on several charges related to a serious domestic violence investigation.

Laird, of Scipio, New York, allegedly burglarized the same occupied residence in the early morning hours of February 15th and February 17th in the Village of Lodi. During the first burglary, Laird allegedly stole property inside the residence and fled the scene after taking the female victim’s vehicle without consent. It is also alleged that Laird intentionally damaged the vehicle before abandoning it nearby.


During the second burglary, Laird allegedly assaulted a male victim inside the residence, stole property, and fled the scene. The male victim suffered a physical injury, but did not seek medical attention. Laird is known to the female victim and they had formerly been involved in a relationship.

Laird was charged with two counts of first-degree burglary, a class B felony; second-degree burglary, a class C felony; second-degree assault, a class D felony; third-degree criminal mischief, a class E felony; third-degree unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, a class A misdemeanor; two counts of petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor; and fourth-degree criminal mischief, a class A misdemeanor.

He is being held at the Seneca County Correctional Facility and will be arraigned in the Seneca County Centralized Arraignment Court. A request will be made for an order of protection on behalf of the victims.

Sheriff’s investigators worked closely with Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes in an effort to provide victim services. They were additionally assisted by members of the Sheriff’s Office Road Patrol Division, Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office, and New York State Police.

The investigation is ongoing and additional suspects may be charged in the future.