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NYSP: Man arrested for multiple charges including attempted murder

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On March 24 in a significant operation, Johnathan T. Russell, 40, with no known address, was arrested by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation from SP Amity. Russell faces severe charges, including three counts of attempted murder of a police officer, two counts of attempted murder, robbery, burglary, and several other offenses. The arrest followed a tense encounter that began with a burglary investigation in the town of Wirt.


During the investigation, troopers discovered suspicious footprints leading to a garage and attempted to confront Russell, who fired a shot from within before fleeing into the woods. The situation escalated when Russell stole a vehicle at gunpoint, but his attempt to escape was thwarted by the troopers who managed to take him into custody after a short chase.

Russell’s arrest led to his arraignment in the town of Wirt Court, where he was remanded to Allegany County Jail without the possibility of bail. A felony hearing for Russell has been set for March 27th, marking a significant step in addressing this grave incident.



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