Police arrest man with a machete after an hours-long standoff in DeWitt

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UPDATE: On Saturday around 9:20 a.m., DeWitt Police officers were dispatched to 6840 E. Genesee St. for a menacing complaint.

It was reported that a male, who was later identified as Jonathan Almonte, 33, of DeWitt, had threatened a neighbor with a machete.

When officers arrived on the scene, Almonte barricaded himself in the upstairs portion of the apartment building, according to police. That is where Almonte and the victim’s apartments are both located.

The victim was able to safely get out of the building, according to police.

A crisis negotiator with the department communicated with Almonte for around three hours. During this time, Almonte had entered into the victim’s unoccupied apartment and an adjacent storage room and started throwing stuff out of a second story window.

He had also threatened to burn the building down, according to police.

Other than Almonte, everyone in the building and neighboring buildings were evacuated. A short time later, Almonte set a fire inside of the building and caused damage.

Around 12:15 p.m., Almonte left the apartment building holding a machete. Officers ordered for him to drop it numerous times but he allegedly refused and started to run at officers.

Officers then deployed tasers to try and stop Almonte, but that was unsuccessful.

A DeWitt officer discharged one round from their firearm, but they did not hit Almonte. Almonte then allegedly threw the machete in the direction of multiple officers, nearly hitting them. Officers were then able to take him into custody without further incident.

While investigating, it was found that there was possibly bomb making materials in the apartment building. The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Unit responded and cleared the scene.

They did not find any bomb making materials in the apartment.

Almonte has been charged with the following:

  • Arson in the third degree
  • Burglary in the second degree
  • Criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree
  • Menacing in the second degree
  • Criminal mischief in the fourth degree
  • Attempted aggravated assault on a police officer
  • Resisting arrest
  • Harassment in the second degree

Almonte will be kept at the Onondaga County Justice Center while awaiting arraignment.

According to police, no one was injured during the incident.

The name of the officer who discharged their firearm will not be released for 72 hours, due to DeWitt Police Department policy.

If anyone has information regarding the incident, contact the DeWitt Police Department at 315-449-3640 or by email at tips@townofdewitt.com.


UPDATE: East Genesee Street in DeWitt has reopened after a police source said officers had to negotiate with someone who was barricaded inside of a building.

There are no other details about the incident at this time.


DEWITT, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Parts of East Genesee Street in DeWitt is closed as police had to negotiate with someone who was barricaded in a building, according to a police source.

The police source has confirmed that the person just surrendered to DeWitt Police.

The portion of the closed road is in front of the Wegmans on East Genesee Street.

NewsChannel 9 has a crew on the scene and will provide updates when they become available.


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