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Police: Local Man Pulls Box Cutter on Putnam County Deputy and State Trooper

Putnam County Sheriff
Putnam County Sheriff/BWFolsom

A Holmes, NY resident was arrested after allegedly pulling a box cutter on police.

According to a press release from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, 36-year-old Mark Tomkins, was involved in an altercation on Lake Drive in the Lake Peekskill section of Putnam Valley. A Putnam County deputy sheriff and a state trooper responded to the report at around 10 PM on March 27, where they encountered Tomkins, who police say appeared to be intoxicated.

The sheriff’s department says that Tomkins became angry and pulled a box cutter from his waist area and was told repeatedly to drop it. Eventually, he did drop the weapon, but continued to resist arrest, at which point the officers subdued him.

Mark Tomkins was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, menacing a police officer, obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. He has been arraigned and placed in the Putnam County Correctional facility awaiting a court date.

I am no expert on dealing with police officers or anything, but I would wager to say they are not pleased when you pull a knife on them.

When you’re drunk and disturbing the public, and the cops arrive, you have a couple of options. You could apologize, admit you’ve been drinking, and just say you want to go home and not cause any trouble — that’s one option. Or you can pull a knife, roll the dice, and hope you don’t get shot and end up in jail. I like the first one better but that is just me.

Does anyone watch the show COPS? Resisting almost never works. You end up with bruised pride, a welt on your head, and tight handcuffs. Every. Single. Time.


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