A convicted felon from Onondaga County was arrested today after state police say he unlawfully imprisoned two people in a Cobleskill residence and engaged state police in a standoff.
Schoharie County 911 received a hang-up call about 3:15 a.m., according to a news release, then a woman called back and said there was a fugitive in the residence. Troopers from the state police barracks in Cobleskill and Princetown, as well as Schoharie County sheriff’s deputies, responded to 256 Hub Shutts Road and attempted several times to make contact with the people inside the house, to no avail.
They established a perimeter and called in crisis negotiators from the state police Special Operations Response Team, who were able to make contact with a woman inside the house about 7:50 a.m. Two women and a man were ordered to exit the building, including Sean E. Hill, 33, of Mattydale, who was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing and second-degree unlawful imprisonment, both misdemeanors, as well as a felony parole violation.
Hill was arraigned in Cobleskill Town Court and sent to the Schoharie County jail.
Hill was previously convicted of second-degree attempted robbery in Onondaga County and was incarcerated at Collins Correctional Facility in Erie County from February 2009 to April of this year. Prior to that, he served about a year in the Lakeview Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility in Chautauqua County for a second-degree forgery conviction.