State Police: More charges to be filed for crimes committed during fugitive soldier manhunt

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - Authorities say that more charges are likely to be filed for the Fort Drum soldier who led police on a multi-day manhunt through several counties last week.

According to New York State Police, Russell Marcum, 20, of Morgantown, West Virginia, will face further charges that stem from a variety of crimes he is accused of committing as authorities continued to search for him last week, including charges in Herkimer County for a stolen car.

The three-day, multi-county chase came to an end Saturday, September 17 when Marcum surrendered peacefully in Tompkins County. Authorities said they ultimately were able to make contact with Marcum and convince him to surrender peacefully.

A Fort Drum Soldier, Marcum was arrested for breaking into a private storage facility in Watertown over the Labor Day Weekend. He was bailed out of jail by his parents and then transferred to military custody, but assaulted a fellow soldier who was monitoring him and fled.

Marcum then led authorities through a multi-county chase that began Thursday, September 15 and brought him through Madison County, Onondoga County, Oneida County, Otsego County, Herkimer County and ultimately Tompkins County where he surrendered. Authorities had command posts set up in the Otsego County Town of Richfield throughout Friday morning, checking vehicles and asking residents if they had seen anything suspicious. Later that day, the command post was moved to the Herkimer County Village of West Winfield.

Late Friday, a car was reported stolen from Main Street in West Winfield by Marcum and then traveled West, where it was then abandoned in the Town of Dryden. Authorities said the car had OnStar GPS technology, which allowed authorities to track the car.

Police chased Marcum to Budzinski Road in the Town of Virgil, where Marcum jumped out of the car and ran into the woods again. State Police then surrounded the area, setting up a perimeter to patrol with both canine units and helicopter patrols. Shortly after, Marcum was arrested about seven miles away from where the car was found.

Marcum was taken to the Tompkins County jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond. He was arraigned in the Town of Lansing Court on charges of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property and Unlawful Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle. He's also facing charges in Jefferson County for failure to appear for a court appearance on that burglary charge.

Captain Coots of the New York State Police said the investigation continues and the additional charges that Marcum will face in the additional counties from throughout the manhunt, including Herkimer County, would be known soon.

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