Soldier that led authorities on multi-county chase now arraigned on local charges

By WKTV News

HERKIMER COUNTY, N.Y. (WKTV) - The U.S. Soldier who escaped military custody and went on the run, leading authorities on a multi-county chase back in September, has now been brought back to the area and arraigned.

Russell Marcum, 20, was a Fort Drum soldier who had been arrested for breaking into private storage facilities in Watertown. He escaped from military custody and went on the run in September, leading authorities on a chase through several counties until the stolen car he was in was disabled by spike strips laid out by authorities, causing him to eventually land in the West Winfield and Richfield areas.

Once his vehicle had been disabled, Marcum fled on foot from the vehicle after it was disabled. Residents in those areas remained on high alert for days as law enforcement agents continued to search for Marcum, who they believed was both armed, wearing a bulletproof vest, and through brief communication with authorities said he "wouldn't be taken alive."

He remained unseen in those areas until reportedly stealing a car from Main Street in West Winfield, at which point he made his way out of the area and eventually to Tompkins County, where authorities said he abandoned the car and fled on foot yet again. Hours later, he was taken into custody without incident. Marcum had remained out of the area until Wednesday, December 14, when local authorities out of Herkimer County brought him back to the area to face local charges for the portions of the manhunt that occurred here.

On top of numerous charges in other areas, Marcum now faces several local charges as well. He was arraigned in Herkimer County Court on Wednesday on a charge of first-degree burglary, second-degree burglary, two counts of third-degree grand larceny, fourth-degree grand larceny and two counts of petit larceny.

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