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Ithaca man who was at-large with machetes taken into custody after another incident

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Ithaca Police apprehended 27-year-old Terry A. Short on Tuesday night after he was spotted at a Fairgrounds Memorial Parkway retail store with multiple knives strapped to his waistband.


Short, already implicated in an incident at the same location the day before where he allegedly stole items and brandished a machete at police officers, had an active bench warrant from the Tompkins County Court for aggravated criminal contempt.

Short attempted to escape upon officers’ arrival but was quickly detained following a brief chase. He now faces charges including third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, menacing a police officer, and petit larceny.

After an arraignment presided over by Judge Peacock in the Ithaca City Court, Short was placed in the Tompkins County Jail with bail set at $25,000 cash or a $25,000 insurance bond.

Authorities said the investigation into Short’s earlier August 14 incident is ongoing.



ORIGINAL: Police searching for Ithaca man with two machetes

On Monday, August 14 around 2:38 p.m. police responded to a retail business on Fairgrounds Memorial Parkway for a report of a theft at that location.

That person, according to reports, was armed with two machetes.


Officers arrived and confronted the suspect, who was trying to leave on foot. The suspect then threatened one of the officers with a machete that he was in possession of; and eventually fled the area commonly referred to as the jungle.

Following a foot chase, a perimeter was established around a heavily wooded area. Police canines were utilized to conduct a search, but the suspect remains at-large.

The suspect is known by police as Terry Short, 27, of Ithaca.

Several charges are pending against him, who also has a bench warrant out of Tompkins County Court for felony contempt. Short should be considered armed-and-dangerous, police added.

Anyone who encounters him should contact police and not approach him.

Short is approximately 5-7 and 130 lbs with hazel eyes.