Fugitive ex-cop in custody Wednesday night after escaping from police

A former police officer and Marine veteran who escaped from police custody on Tuesday night is in Tompkins County Jail after being captured in Spencer, say authorities. The Trumansburg Central School District has lifted its lockout condition.

Andrew Jacobsen escaped police custody on Tuesday evening. Photo courtesy Trumansburg Police Department.

According to Trumansburg police chief Thomas L. Ferretti, Andrew Jacobsen had barricaded himself in a building in Spencer, and was taken into custody by New York State Police at about 7:30pm Wednesday. Ferretti could not say how Jacobsen, who fled without shoes, made it from Trumansburg to Spencer.

Police had received a tip on Tuesday that Jacobsen, a wanted felon, might be at a certain home in the Village of Trumansburg yesterday. Ferretti says four officers went to the home and surrounded it at about 4:45pm, and Jacobsen was arrested without incident and taken to police headquarters for processing.

“Jacobsen was taken outside for a break to have a cigarette,” Ferretti says of last night’s escape, which occurred at about 6pm. “While they were putting the handcuffs on him, he pushed the officer and ran from the office.”

The escape set off a manhunt that included Trumansburg Police assisted by Tompkins County Sheriff’s Department deputies, Ithaca Police Department officers, New York State Police, New York State Park Police, and NYS DEC Police. K-9 teams and police helicopters were brought to the area to assist with the search.

Ferretti says of the fugitive’s former police service, “I dismissed him about four years ago for drug usage.”

He was originally arrested on felony grand larceny charges related to the theft of about $4,000 worth of jewelry, but Ferretti says additional charges of assault in the second degree and escape in the second degree will be filed related to the escape. New York State Police also have a felony bench warrant for an earlier charge of forgery.

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