COLONIE, N.Y. (NEWS 10) – A Binghamton parole absconder is now in police custody in Colonie.
An hours-long manhunt in Colonie ended peacefully Wednesday evening but not before causing a stir and an evacuation.
Justin Creely was on parole for an armed hold up in Binghamton where police wanted to question him on an unrelated matter. The manhunt started around 2 p.m. Wednesday when Colonie police said they were contacted by the New York State Parole Board to go to the Ciccotti Center.
That’s where police said Creely fled on foot into a wooded area after being spotted.
Multiple agencies were involved in the search, including a state police helicopter and K-9s. Creely was then seen in The Crossings of Colonie. Police set up a road block and evacuated the park.
Police went door-to-door to businesses in the area with a picture of Creely, and then baited him by releasing some officers.
“The idea being that if we pulled back a little bit that he might pop himself back, and that is exactly what happened,” Colonie Police Lt. James Gerace said. “So he was spotted by a person who had seen the photograph.”
Police said Creely surrendered without resistance around 6:45 p.m. He was taken away in a squad car.