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Sheriff: Montezuma man violates court order days after being issued, hides in field to avoid capture

Cayuga County Sheriff Brian Schenck reported a swift response by the Sheriff’s Office to a domestic incident on November 28 on Denman Road in the Town of Montezuma.


The suspect, identified as David K. Kalet, had fled the scene on foot before law enforcement arrived. A thorough search was initiated, involving foot patrols, a K9 unit, and drone assistance.

The incident stemmed from Kalet’s violation of a full stay away order of protection, which had been issued just days earlier following a separate domestic dispute with the same victim.

This order was in place to prevent further contact between Kalet and the victim, but was breached when he returned to the victim’s residence.


The Sheriff’s Office’s proactive approach and use of technology were pivotal in locating Kalet, who was found lying in a field near the residence in an attempt to evade capture.

Upon being located, Kalet was arrested without incident and charged with criminal contempt, a Class A misdemeanor.

Following his arrest, he was taken to the Public Safety Building for arraignment. The court set his bail at $5,000.00 in cash, and he was subsequently remanded to the custody of the Cayuga County Jail.