Man arrested after domestic violence incident

A town of Hamilton man was arrested after a domestic violence incident involving a knife on Jan. 30 at about 7 p.m.

Christopher J. Mullenax, 22, of 576 Earlville Road was charged with third-degree criminal mischief, a class E felony, endangering the welfare of a child and resisting arrest.

Madison County deputies alleged that Mullenax engaged in an argument with an 18-year-old female with a 4-month-old baby. The argument began in a private driveway and ended up on the highway.

During the course of the altercation, the woman locked herself inside a car with the baby. Mullenax used a knife to puncture tires on the car then jumped on the hood as she was attempting to back out of the driveway.

Due to the flattened tires, the woman was unable to leave the area. Mullenax caught up with the car, jumped on the roof and broke a side exterior mirror and the windshield wipers off the car. He then ran into a field as sheriff's patrols approached.

Deputies followed Mullenax's tracks through the snow covered corn fields, through running creeks, over fences and into a thick wooded area when his tracks mingled with snowmobilers. Deputies requested aerial support and the Onondaga County Sheriff's Aviation Unit helicopter responded with their FLIR device and overhead illumination.

As the air search began, deputies were advised by 911 dispatchers that they received a "hang-up" call from a nearby family member of Mullenax. Deputies responded and encountered Mullenax. After a struggle, he was taken into custody.

Mullenax claimed he dropped the knife in a field. He lost a shoe during his run through the fields and was wet due to hiding in a creek. He was brought to the sheriff's Earlville Field Office. The Earlville Rescue Squad was dispatched to examine Mullenax. They rendered medical attention and he was transported to Community Memorial Hospital in Hamilton. He was treated and released into the custody of deputies.

Mullenax was arraigned before town of Hamilton Justice Arnold Fisher and committed to Madison County Jail with bail set at $3,000 cash or $5,000 bond, pending his next court appearance today.

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