Standoff suspect jailed again


BATAVIA — A city man under indictment for his actions during a 20-hour standoff with police in 2019 faces new felony charges.

Daniel J. Wolfe, 47, was arrested last week on a warrant charging him with second-degree burglary and two counts of second-degree criminal contempt of court.

Wolfe is accused of entering a house on Bank Street on Nov. 13 in violation of an order of protection.

That order of protection stems from the incident in which Wolfe barricaded himself inside a house on Liberty Street on Nov. 18, 2019.

Police had been called to 209 Liberty for a report that a highly intoxicated man had punched a woman and was in possession of a sword.

Police arrived and Wolfe barricaded himself in the upstairs apartment. The woman had escaped the apartment before police arrived.

Wolfe, who remained inside the house, began shooting at officers with a BB rifle, police said at the time.

Police set up a perimeter around the house and ordered neighbors to stay inside.

City police negotiators were called to the scene along with the Batavia Police Emergency Response Team, state police, the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation K-9 Unit.

The Genesee County Sheriff’s K-9 handler attempted to enter the apartment but had to pull back after Wolfe allegedly slashed at the dog, Frankie, with a knife.

Police launched tear gas into the house and used robots and drones to determine where Wolfe was located and if he had weapons.

Wolfe finally surrendered at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 19.

He was treated at a hospital for self-inflicted injuries and then jailed.

A Genesee County grand jury indicted Wolfe in August.

The indictment charges Wolfe with three counts of felony first-degree criminal contempt of court for violating an order of protection by punching the woman and threatening her with a sword; harassment; misdemeanor menacing; two counts of menacing a police officer with a BB gun and knife; three counts of felony third-degree criminal possession of a weapon; attempting to kill a police work dog, also a felony and a misdemeanor count of criminal mischief.

Wolfe was jailed without bail after he was arrested on the new charges.

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