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Person of interest taken into custody, search closed Clarence schools for the day

Posted at 7:04 AM, Nov 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-10 13:37:41-05

CLARENCE, N.Y. (WKBW) — An Akron man has been taken into custody by the Erie County Sheriff's Office after the search for the man closed schools in the Clarence Central School District Wednesday.

Deputies from the Erie County Sheriff's Office were searching for 50-year-old David Cottom Sr. after the car he was driving allegedly almost hit a Sheriff's vehicle along Main Street in Clarence. When deputies tried to pull him over, he allegedly fled.

The search began in the area near Pineledge Drive and Winding Lane and around 9:30 a.m. the sheriff's office received a call for a stolen vehicle in the City of Buffalo driven by an individual fitting Cottom's description. Law enforcement attempted to follow the vehicle but lost sight near Niagara Street. The vehicle was then located unoccupied on Prospect Avenue and a search of the area began. Cottom was located near Niagara and Marlyand Streets and taken into custody.

Cottom has been charged with the following

  • Unlawful fleeing from police
  • Reckless driving
  • Aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle
  • Speeding
  • Operation of a vehicle by an unlicensed driver
  • Three violations for failing to stop at a stop sign
  • A felony count of grand larceny – auto
  • A felony count of criminal mischief – 2nd
  • A misdemeanor count of unauthorized use of a vehicle

It was also announced that Clarence Town Hall would be closed until the man was found, officials say it has now reopened.