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Special sheriffs’ team arrests alleged fugitive in Saranac Lake

April 2, 2019
By JESSE ADCOCK - For the News ( , Lake Placid News

SARANAC LAKE - The Tri-County Special Response Team and the U.S. Marshal's Office arrested Jason S. Horning, 35, of North Carolina, around 9 a.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Main Street and LaPan Highway.

A warrant for Horning's arrest had been issued in North Carolina for second-degree forcible rape, two counts of second-degree attempted force sex offense, assault by strangulation, and first-degree kidnapping, according to Saranac Lake police. All charges are felonies, committed in North Carolina.

The Tri-County Special Response Team is a specially trained task force for high-risk searches and arrests, made up of the Clinton, Essex and Franklin County sheriffs' offices.

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Law enforcement officials, including sheriff's department members, arrest Jason S. Horning in front of 23 Main St., Saranac Lake, Tuesday morning.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Horning was arrested on Main Street after a slight delay exiting the corner building. The street was closed during the arrest and opened to traffic shortly afterward.

In a video Renee Hurteau recorded of the event, police can be seen blocking off Main Street access to the intersection around 9 a.m. with SUVs and cruisers. Traffic continues to flow from Main Street to River Street.

An unmarked white van carrying members of the Tri-Lakes Special Response Team then pulls up in front of the building, members exit the van and take cover behind it, pointing rifles at the upstairs apartment.

"Come downstairs and come out now," Police say through a megaphone. "You have one minute."

After a short delay, Horning exits the building with his hands up. He walks to the center of the road and lies down. Officers move in and handcuff him.

Officers then stand Horning up, search him and talk to him for several minutes before walking him down the street to the Saranac Lake police station.

Horning was turned over to the Saranac Lake Police Department and charged as a fugitive from justice. He was arraigned in the Harrietstown town court by town Justice Michael "Beef" Bevilacqua.

Horning was committed to the Franklin County Jail in Malone with no bail. Police say he will be in the custody of the county sheriff pending extradition proceedings.

In August, Horning was taken into custody by Gloversville city police on two bench warrants and charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a felony. Police there said he had a firearm after having previously been convicted of a crime and having used a firearm in the commission of an additional crime. That case was moved to Fulton County Court on Aug. 27. A warrant was issued for Horning by Fulton County Court on Nov. 20, according to the court, but Saranac Lake police did not mention that in their press release.

The SLPD did not immediately respond to answer questions.



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