WENY News - Man arrested in Southern Tier abduction case

Man arrested in Southern Tier abduction case

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UPDATE: 12/22/2017 10:20PM OWEGO, NY (WENY) -- New York State Police in Horseheads arrested a man in connection to an attempted kidnapping incident out of Southport. 

28-year-old Cody G. Lipka, of Apalachin, NY was arrested and charged with one count of kidnapping in the 2nd degree, a felony. 

Police say around 4:30 Friday morning, Lipka abducted a 30-year-old female acquaintance of his, at knife-point, in the Town of Ashland. 

He had been hiding in the woman's car, waiting for her to leave for work that morning. 

Police say Lipka forced the woman to drive to a home in the Town of Southport where he physically assaulted her. 

He then forced her to drive to Uncle Jack’s Convenience Store on Maple Avenue.  

While they were at the store location, the woman was able to escape and get help from a passerby who was driving on Cedar Street. 

At this point, State Police in Horseheads were able to gather information that Lipka fled the scene and traveled to Tioga County. 

State police from the Owego and Endwell Barracks located Lipka on Long Creek Road in Owego.  

Police say a chase began, and Lipka intentionally hit a State Police car. Lipka's car then traveled off the roadway and overturned.  

After a brief struggle with police, he allegedly displayed a box-cutter towards Troopers. Lipka was then arrested.  

He was transported to Wilson Hospital in Johnson City, where he was treated for minor injuries and released. 

Lipka was returned to Chemung County and processed on the Kidnapping 2nd charge. He was arraigned in the Town of Southport Court and remanded to Chemung County Jail without bail.  

Additional charges are pending in Chemung and Tioga Counties. The state police were assisted by New York State Parole. 

UPDATE: 12/22/2017 8:30PM: NYSP says they have identified the man in the photo. More information is expected to be released.

SOUTHPORT, N.Y. (WENY) - New York State Police are investigating the abduction of a woman early Friday in Southport.

Police say she was able to escape from the suspect, who she knew. He has been apprehended

Investigators are trying to identify a possible witness to the abduction. The person was at Uncle Jack's convenience store and gas station on Maple Avenue at 5:17 am.

The person operating the car is not considered a suspect. Police say he may have information that is important to the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact New York State Police at 607-739-8797.

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