Fort Drum soldier who led authorities on multi-county manhunt arraigned in Watertown on burglary charges

By WKTV News

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WKTV) - The former Fort Drum soldier who escaped military custody in September and lead authorities on a multi-county manhunt has now been arraigned in Jefferson County.

New York State Police say Russell Marcum, 20, committed numerous burglaries at local storage facilities, namely U-Lock-It Storage on State Route 342 in Watertown; ABC Storage on State Route 283 in Watertown, as well as committing other crimes at privately held properties and locations.

As a result of the investigation, Marcum was charged on Thursday in the Town of Watertown Court with three counts of third-degree burglary, two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and firearms, two counts of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, and 1 count of false written statement.

At his arraignment, Marcum was further arraigned on the second-degree burglary charge stemming from a burglary at Preferred Power Sports on State Route 11 in Watertown, during the same time period, which was the subject of a Jefferson County Sheriff's Department investigation.

Upon completion of the arraignment, the matter was held for Grand Jury, and Marcum was returned to the Herkimer County Jail by the New York State Police Violent Felony Warrant Squad, where Marcum is being detained on further burglary charges in that county during the course of the manhunt.

Bail was set on the Jefferson County Cases at $15,000.

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