Major James M. Hall
Troop A Commander
On August 04, 2020, Troopers out of SP Fredonia arrested Joseph I. Chadwick, 19 of Cherry Creek, NY for Criminal Mischief 3rd degree and Grand Larceny 4th degree, both E felonies. Three counts of Harassment 2nd, four counts of Menacing with a weapon 2nd degree, Criminal Possession of a weapon 4th degree and Criminal Mischief 4th degree. The felony and misdemeanor charges are stemming from two separate incidents.
On August 2, 2020, at approximately 9:00pm, Troopers were dispatched to a domestic dispute in the town of Cherry Creek. What started as a verbal altercation with family members quickly turned physical. Reports state that Chadwick began threatening his father and brother with a unloaded shotgun. Chadwick then quickly fled the residence in his father’s vehicle. Chadwick quickly came back, continued the threats. Upon Troopers arriving, Chadwick was in a physical altercation and fled. Troopers located the shotgun on scene and an area search for Chadwick were met with negative results.
On August 3, 2020 at 1:00 a.m., Chadwick had returned and began to vandalize his father’s vehicle with a sledgehammer, smashing all the windows. Chadwick then forcefully entering the residence and another physical altercation ensued. Chadwick would then attempt to break into a safe in order to obtain a firearm, Chadwick removed the safe from the residence. When Troopers had arrived for the second time, Chadwick had again fled the area in an unknown direction. The safe was secured by Troopers with all contents still inside.
The investigation on Chadwick’s whereabouts, as well as area searches continued up until successful contact was made with him via phone. Chadwick stated that he wished to turn himself in and was placed into custody in the early morning hours of August 04, 2020. Chadwick was transported and processed without any further incidents at SP Fredonia.
Chadwick was ultimately charged with the following: Criminal Mischief 3rd degree and Grand Larceny 4th degree, both E felonies. Three counts of Harassment 2nd, four counts of Menacing with a weapon 2nd degree, Criminal Possession of a weapon 4th degree and Criminal Mischief 4th degree. Chadwick was transported for arraignment to Chautauqua County Jail.
State Police barracks in Fredonia and Jamestown as well as the NYSP Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) assisted in this investigation.