Police say man with knife charged at officers after attacking woman in Auburn

Police say man with knife charged at officers after attacking woman in Auburn



Police officers tackled a man who came at them with a knife after a domestic disturbance in Auburn, police said.

Auburn Police Department Capt. James Moore said in a Tuesday news release that officers were called to a Cottage Street residence at 5:13 a.m. Tuesday to investigate a report of a domestic incident.

Officers determined that a verbal argument had turned physical and that Christopher M. Liddle, 31, of 5126 Route 34, Fleming, had stomped on a woman’s bare feet with his work boots and continued to harass her by pushing her into a door and punching her in the head.

Liddle fled the scene prior to police arrival, and other responding officers located him in the backyard of a residence at 67 Wall St., Moore said.

Moore said that a brief foot pursuit ensued before Liddle charged at two officers while holding a folding knife. The officers were able to tackle Liddle and place him into custody without further incident.

None of the officers were injured. The female victim sustained minor injuries and refused medical treatment.

Liddle was charged with three felonies: menacing a police officer, criminal possession of a weapon, and tampering with physical evidence. He was also charged with obstructing governmental administration, a misdemeanor, and harassment, a violation.

Less than a year ago, Liddle was charged with felony assault for allegedly hitting a man with a vehicle and a baseball bat after an early morning argument in the area of Cottage Street in Auburn.

In that March 2018 case, police had also report that Liddle fled the scene before officers arrived. He was spotted by police a week later and reportedly led officers on a lengthy foot chase before being caught.

Anyone with further information regarding this recent incident is asked to contact the Auburn Police Department at (315) 253-3231.


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