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Cayuga County man held woman, children hostage during domestic incident

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A Cayuga County man has been arrested and charged with several crimes for holding a woman and her children hostage in their residence for several hours. According to a news release from the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office on Friday, the incident took place on Moravia Venice Townline Road in Venice on March 1st.


The Sheriff’s Office received a call about a domestic incident and dispatched officers to the scene. The woman reported that she had been held against her will by her boyfriend, identified as Jacob Falso, 29, of Venice.

Upon investigation, the officers found that Falso had been armed with multiple knives and had displayed them in a threatening manner, preventing the woman from leaving the home or moving around freely. After several hours, the woman and her children were able to escape and call 911.


Falso has been charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class D felony, as well as endangering the welfare of a child and second-degree menacing, both misdemeanors. He was arraigned at the Centralized Arraignment Part court at the Cayuga County Jail and is currently being held without bail.

Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office at (315) 258-3868 or leave tips at cayugacounty.us/452/Send-a-tip. People who provide information can remain anonymous.