September 17, 2011


Fugitive soldier surrenders in Dryden

ManhuntBob Ellis/staff photographer
A row of police cars drive down Bradshaw Road in Dryden with Pfc. Russell Marcum in custody. Marcum's parents' impounded SUV is at right.

Staff Reporter

DRYDEN — Fugitive Pfc. Russell Marcum walked out into the middle of Bradshaw Road in Dryden Saturday afternoon and surrendered to state police, ending a three-day manhunt for the 20-year-old that spanned seven counties.
Marcum, of Morgantown, W.Va., had been hiding today in the woods off Route 392, between the towns of Dryden and Virgil, troopers said.
State Police Lt. Daniel Hodack said Marcum was arrested at 3:25 p.m.
"We had somewhat been tracking him up to that point ... and he knew we were closing in, so he came out and surrendered," Hodack said.
Hodack would not elaborate further on how Marcum was located. Police had reportedly received a phone call around that time, indicating Marcum would lay on the middle of the roadway for police to bring him in, according to a police scanner broadcast.
Marcum was found about two miles from where he abandoned a stolen car round 2 Saturday morning near Gee Hill Road in Virgil, Hodack said.
Marcum had been inside a house at 215 Bradshaw Road before his surrender, according to scanner reports.
Marcum will also be charged with theft of a motor vehicle, as well as the original Jefferson County burglary charge he faced. Hodack said "the full extent of charges has not been compiled yet."
Marcum's family from West Virginia was located by police in Dryden. A 2007 Lincoln Navigator with West Virginia license plates was towed away from Bradshaw Road near Route 392 several minutes before police moved up the road to capture Marcum.
Police had been following that vehicle earlier in the afternoon, according to scanner reports.
"We were concerned that family members may have been to the area to try and assist him and so were tracking some other people and family members," Hodack said.
Marcum was believed to have a handgun and possibly be suicidal, State Trooper Jack Keller said Friday. It was not clear Saturday afternoon whether Marcum was armed when he was captured.
Marcum's parents had just bailed him out of a Jefferson County jail where he was held on a burglary charge when he assaulted a soldier escorting him back to Fort Drum about 8 p.m. Thursday and escaped in his parents' white 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche sport utility vehicle, Keller said.
A chase through Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga and Otsego counties ended when police damaged the car tires with a spike strip and it crashed near the intersection of Route 20 and Cole Hill Road. Marcum then ran into woods near Richfield Springs, south of Utica.
Keller said the soldier who was assaulted was not seriously hurt.
After getting away in Otsego County, Marcum stole a car Friday night in the Herkimer County town of West Winfield, police said.
Marcum abandoned the car on Gee Hill Road after the pursuit, Hodack said.
About 100 police officers, including a SWAT team, were involved today in the manhunt.
Police advised residents in the Virgil and Dryden areas to be on the lookout and watch out for any type of break-ins to garages or smaller buildings on their property.
"To my knowledge he may have broke into one residence or building," Hodack said Saturday afternoon. No one was injured during the manhunt.
Gee Hill and Kohne roads at their intersection of Route 392 in Virgil were closed for much of the day as police searched the area. Police along Route 392 were stopping vehicles, checking inside them, while searching for Marcum.


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