"They come back broken." Attorney Todd Livingston. Lawyer for ex-officer who escaped custody points to veteran-related issues
Sept. 28, 2017
The lawyer for a former Trumansburg police officer whose escape from police custody this week led to a 24-hour manhunt says his client is a decorated war veteran whose case illustrates "the problems that veterans face after returning from duty."
Andrew Jacobsen, 32, served two tours of active duty as a Special Operations Marine with the First Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company before being honorably discharged in 2009, his attorney, Todd Livingston, said Thursday.
Jacobsen was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon, accused of stealing $4,000 worth of jewelry from a Trumansburg home that he sold to a pawn shop in Ithaca. After being surrounded in his home, Jacobsen was taken into custody around 4:45 p.m.
Around 6 p.m., according to the Trumansburg police, an officer escorted Jacobsen outside for a cigarette break. Before he was placed in handcuffs, Jacobsen pushed the officer and ran, police said.
Jacobsen was caught at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday by New York State Police in Tioga County, according to the Tompkins County Sheriff's Office.
He appeared in court Thursday for arraignment on an unrelated drug probation violation.
After the arraignment, Livingston said that regardless of the outcome of the charges against Jacobsen, he hopes "people pay attention to this case because it's very illustrative of the problems that veterans face after returning from duty."
Jacobsen was sentenced in January to five years probation on drug-related charges. During his arraignment Thursday, Tompkins County Assistant District Attorney Daniel Johnson said Jacobsen violated the terms of his probation in June. Johnson and Livingston said they must coordinate future hearings, given the extraordinary new developments in Jacobsen's case.
This week's manhunt involved the efforts of Trumansburg police, Tompkins County Sheriff's deputies, state Park Police, New York State Police, Ithaca police, Environmental Conservation police, tracking dogs from the Ithaca Police Department, and a state police helicopter.
During Jacobsen's arraignment Thursday, Johnson said, "It's quite evident he's a flight risk given that he just escaped from police."
Charges have not yet been filed with Ulysses Town Court on Jacobsen's alleged theft and escape, officials said Thursday.
Livingston said the allegations against Jacobsen are illustrative of veterans' struggles when trying to re-enter society after returning from duty.
"They come back broken, and there are not the resources available to them to help," he said, adding that the damage done to those who serve is physical and psychological.
"(Jacobsen) is a very sympathetic figure once you get to know him," Livingston said. "Regardless of the outcome, I hope (his case) raises awareness of this problem."http://www.ithacajournal.com/story/news/...sues/712084001/