An Auburn man turned himself in Thursday on a charge of threatening someone with a butcher knife, the Auburn Police Department said.

Tyrone Tyreek Matthews, 41, 35 Lansing St., Apt. 1, was arrested on an arrest warrant and charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class D felony, and second-degree menacing, a class A misdemeanor.

The APD said the victim called Sept. 22, saying Matthews was outside her residence carrying the weapon. He was not there by the time police arrived. 

After a warrant for his arrest was issued, Matthews, formerly of Rochester, turned himself in to Auburn City Court Thursday afternoon, when he was arraigned and remanded to the Cayuga County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond. His next day in court is Oct. 18.

Two weeks before the incident, Matthews had filed a lawsuit against city and county officials in federal court claiming his rights were violated in the handling of a drug case in which he was acquitted of selling drugs but found guilty of possessing them.

Attorney Jarrod Smith filed a complaint with the U.S. District Court on Matthews' behalf Sept. 8, suing the county, the city of Auburn, the Auburn Police Department, the Cayuga County Sheriff's Department, the Cayuga County District Attorney's Office, District Attorney Jon Budelmann and Chief Assistant District Attorney Christopher Valdina. 

In response to the lawsuit, Budelmann said Matthews' charges and prosecution were justified, pointing out that Matthews had four previous drug selling convictions and that there was strong evidence against him in the most recent case.

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