Police: Woman chained to tree during dispute


TOWN OF SALISBURY — A Herkimer County man was charged with multiple counts following a domestic dispute on June 9.

State Police at Herkimer said they responded to 509 Thompson Road for a report of a domestic dispute at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Upon arrival, a woman at the residence stated she was held against her will by the suspect, identified as Karl M. Rice, 27. Troopers said Rice also prevented her from making a call to 911 during the altercation, took her cellphone and smashed it with a baseball bat.

Rice is also accused of chaining the victim to a tree outside for approximately one hour as he threatened to kill her and her mother if she tried calling the police, troopers said.

Troopers began to search for Rice who was not on scene when patrols arrived at the residence. The victim gave consent to arriving patrols to search the house to confirm he was not inside.

While inside however, troopers said they located approximately 16 marijuana plants in plain view in the laundry room from the main hallway of the residence.

The marijuana plants were taken into evidence and transported to the Herkimer barracks, troopers said.

On Wednesday, Rice turned himself in to state police and he was charged with second-degree unlawful imprisonment, a class A misdemeanor; third-degree menacing, a class B misdemeanor; unlawfully growing marijuana, a class A misdemeanor; fourth-degree criminal mischief, a class A misdemeanor; and second-degree harassment, a violation.

He was arraigned in Town Court and sent to Herkimer County Jail in lieu of $500 cash bail or $2,000 bond to re-appear in court on June 20.


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