Penn Yan man taunts police after domestic investigation; faces variety of charges

Police say a Penn Yan man has been charged in connection with a domestic incident, which took place on May 1st. The arrest happened on Wednesday afternoon in the Village of Penn Yan.

Christopher J. Newell, 31, of Penn Yan was arrested on Wednesday after officers say he fled the scene of an Elm St. altercation, which happened around 10:44 pm on Monday.

When officers arrived and spoke with the victim – she said that Newell had physically accosted her, causing injury.

A subsequent investigation revealed that Newell had obstructed her breathing by strangeling her, held the victim against her will, damaged property at the residence and after exiting the property attempted to unlawfully re-enter by using physical force.

Further investigation found that he also left behind personal belongings, which officers found a large number of hypodermic needles and a quantity of illegal narcotics, according to officers.

They say that contact was attempted after the incident, but Newell refused to cooperate with the investigation. An arrest warrant was requested and granted on May 7th.

The warrant charged Newell with third-degree assault, criminal obstruction of breathing, unlawful imprisonment in the second-degree, second-degree criminal trespass, fourth-degree criminal mischief, and second-degree harassment. He was also charged with criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument.

A ‘Wanted Person(s)’ poster was posted to the Facebook account of the Penn Yan Police Department, as well as the Police Benevolent Association pages – resulting in widespread exposure.

Police say after Newell saw the post, he sent taunting and vulgar comments and private messages directed to police via Facebook.

As result of that publicity, police received numerous calls and tips regarding Newell’s whereabouts. On Wednesday afternoon, he was observed by a citizen as a passenger in a vehicle at a local drive-thru.

The citizen informed police and shortly thereafter he was taken into custody by deputies, and turned over to the Penn Yan Police Department.

Newell was arraigned on the aforementioned charges and remanded to the Yates County Jail in lieu of $1,500 cash bail or $3,000 secured bond.

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