UPDATE: 1:45 p.m. Sept. 20: The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office has taken a 44-year-old LeRoy man into custody following a Sunday manhunt.
Arthur J. Brown, 44, of Lake Street, is charged with second degree criminal possession of a weapon, menacing a police officer, tampering with physical evidence, second degree obstruction of governmental administration, seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, operation of a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs, unlicensed operation of a vehicle, and failure to keep right.
According to the sheriff’s department, they received a call around 6 p.m. Sunday of a vehicle driving erratically on Route 33 in the Town of Stratford.
A deputy stopped the vehicle and the driver fled from the car, running across the road and into a farm laneway. The deputy saw the suspect pull a handgun from his waistband and lost him in a wooded area. The passenger of the vehicle was detained and the area was secured.
Multiple agencies responded to help look for the suspect.
It was initially believed that gunshots were heard in the area, but the sounds were determined to be a wildlife scare cannon which was set to periodically go off.
The NYSP Aviation Unit helicopter responded as well as NYSP drone operations and Monroe County Sheriff’s Office drone operators. The suspect was located in a wooded area and was taken into custody by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Unit.
A search of the area where the suspect ran to following the traffic stop was conducted and a gun was recovered.
Brown was arraigned in the Town of Stafford Court and remanded to Genesee County Jail on no bail. He’s scheduled to return on Oct. 5.
The passenger, a 29-year-old Rochester woman, was found to have an active probation violation warrant out of Florida. She was initially held, but the State of Florida declined to extradite her. She was released and issued an appearance ticket for seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
UPDATE: 6:22 a.m. Sept. 20: The person the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office was searching for has been found and is in custody. An investigation is pending. We’re working to learn the person’s identity.
GENESEE COUNTY, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Genesee County Sheriff is searching for someone outside of Batavia.
Video from Route 33 near Mill Road in Stafford shows authorities, emergency vehicles and a helicopter overhead in the area.
People are asked to stay inside, lock their doors and call 911 if they see anything suspicious.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
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