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Manhunt in Tompkins County ends with suspect in custody on robbery and kidnapping charges

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Christopher Borges, the primary suspect in an armed robbery, was apprehended at approximately 10:07 a.m. on October 25 on Deerfield Lane in the Town of Caroline by a Tompkins County Deputy Sheriff.


The capture took place without any reported incidents. Borges, originally from Binghamton, NY, and described as around 5’10” and weighing 160 lbs, faces charges including first-degree robbery, second-degree kidnapping, and first-degree criminal contempt.

The search for Borges, which began on October 24 after a pursuit from Broome County ended on Slaterville Road (SR 79) in Tompkins County, involved an array of law enforcement agencies, including the New York State Police, City of Ithaca Police, Cayuga Heights Police Department, and others. Aided by specialized technology such as drones with thermal imaging, K9 units, and the Ithaca-Tompkins Specialized Response Team, the extensive search covered a five square mile radius.

The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office expressed gratitude towards the community and other partners, including the Ithaca City School District and Celebrations Banquet Hall, for their collective effort ensuring the best possible outcome in the search and capture operation.

Residents had been previously alerted about Borges, believed to be armed, and had been advised to stay vigilant and report any sightings.