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Soldier: I won't be taken alive

By WKTV News

TOWN OF RICHFIELD, N.Y. (WKTV) - Multiple law enforcement agencies have set up a perimeter along Route 20 in Otsego County, to try to capture a Fort Drum soldier who escaped military custody.

Russell Marcum, 20, of West Virginia escaped from the base around 8:00 p.m. Thursday night, according to police.  Authorities say he was being escorted back after being released from jail, when he attacked another soldier and ran.  Marcum had been charged with burglary, for allegedly stealing from storage sheds in Jefferson County.

Police say Marcum stole his parents car and took off.  Officers chased him until they disabled his car on Route 20.  He then got out of the car and ran off into a swampy area.  Captain Francis Coots says officers were able to use infra-red cameras to find him, and now officers just need to be able to get to him.

"We believe we have him confined to a swampy area,  He's been out there all night and its been cold. He's dressed in camo so we think he's probably very wet and very cold right now," Coots said.

Coots says that Marcum has been in touch with his family, who says that he is threatening to kill himself.  He is believed to be armed with some type of handgun.  Family members say Marcum told them that he wouldn't be taken alive.  They say he is distraught about the burglary arrest.

No roads have been blocked off but there is a heavy police presence near Coles Hill Road, near Route 20 in the Town of Richfield.  Helicopters and dogs are also being used in the search.

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