Sheriff’s deputies, L’pool police chief pull suspect from Onondaga Lake after Second Street stabbings

Facing multiple murder charges: Justin A. Dallas, 26, of 119 Radisson Court, Syracuse.

Facing multiple murder charges: Justin A. Dallas, 26, of 119 Radisson Court, Syracuse.

— On his way to the scene shortly after 11 a.m. Liverpool Police Chief Don Morris spotted the suspect driving south on Second Street near the corner of Hickory, toward the village business district. The chief followed the Kia and attempted to stop the car.

“The suspect did not pull over for Chief Morris,” according to the Sheriff’s Office spokesman, Deputy Herb Wiggins.

Sheriff’s deputies Mike Quigley and Karen Munroe joined the pursuit as it continued past Heid’s Corner to the main entrance of Onondaga Lake Park, where the Kia turned right into the park and drove across the grass directly toward the lake.

“The suspect jumped out of his car behind the ball field there and ran into the lake,” Wiggins said.

Morris and the two deputies followed him into the lake as Dallas dived underwater before being grabbed by Quigley. The suspect “was totally submerged,” Morris said. The brief struggle took place in waist-deep water.

The suspect was taken to the sheriff’s office in downtown Syracuse where he was interviewed. Walsh said that charges were still pending grand jury action after Dallas had been arrested following domestic disturbance in July.

Assistant District Attorney Jeremy Cali said that, after an altercation with his wife at that time, Dallas was charged with menacing, unlawful imprisonment and criminal possession of a weapon. Cali confirmed that a judge had also issued a restraining order against him.

The prosecutor indicated that Dallas had been placed on leave from his employment at Upstate University Hospital as a result of that arrest, the only one on his record. Samantha Rainwater reportedly worked with Dallas at Upstate.

At about 8:30 p.m. Monday, some nine hours after the slayings, Dallas was arraigned before Liverpool Village Justice Anthony LaValle, who remanded him to the Onondaga County Corbett Justice Center. Dressed in khaki slacks, a green Justice Center short-sleeved shirt and orange sneakers, Dallas spoke softly to his assigned attorney, Thomas Ryan, as they stood before the judge. The accused wore a bejeweled earring on his left ear.

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