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Police sectioned off an area from Geneva Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Street in an investigation Tuesday.

April 12, 2016

Ithaca Police Arrest Armed Man After Blockading Commons

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This story has been updated with additional information.

Police have arrested Nicholas Monaco, 38, for allegedly threatening another man with a gun on the Commons Tuesday afternoon, according to an Ithaca Police Department press release.



After making the threat, Monaco fled into a building with multiple apartments, the release said.

Officers arrived on the scene at approximately 4:11 p.m. and blocked off a section of West State Street — extending from North Geneva Street to North Cayuga Street — with police tape as they investigated.

The blockaded area included the Capital Corner restaurant, the State Theatre of Ithaca and The Cornell Daily Sun’s office. At least three officers with high-powered rifles and one police dog were on the scene.

Officers took Monaco into custody at the Ithaca Police lock-up, according to the release. He has been charged with menacing in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree — two class A misdemeanors — and was arraigned at the Ithaca City Court Tuesday night.