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Smallwood Suspect Who Threatened to Shoot Police Taken into Custody


January 7, 2012

On Monday January 2, 2012 Sheriff’s Deputies interviewed a female complainant who reported that her ex-boyfriend was harassing her. The victim, who had an order of protection, stated that John Ferreri, Jr., 21, of Smallwood, NY was continually calling and texting her cellphone and threatening her. While she was filing the report at the Sheriff’s Office, the suspect once again called her cell phone.

Deputies answered the victim’s phone and confronted the him. Ferreri became enraged that the Deputies were involved and threatened to shoot them if they tried to arrest him. A warrant of arrest was obtained for Ferreri and Deputies began searching for him. The next day, January 3, 2012 Deputies, acting on a tip, went to a residence on Fox Mountain Rd. in White Sulphur Springs. Ferreri fled the residence via the back door just before the Deputies arrived.

The Sheriff’s Office then contacted the State Police Violent Felony Warrant Squad for assistance. Information was eventually developed that the suspect was hold up at the Catskill Motel in Liberty. On Friday January 6, 2012, at approximately 2:30 PM Sheriff’s Deputies, State Troopers, and the Village of Liberty Police surrounded the motel and took John Ferreri, Jr. into custody without incident. Ferreri who was unarmed at the time was charged with Criminal Contempt in the First Degree, a Felony, and Aggravated Harassment.

He was arraigned before Town of Bethel Judge Cindy Barber and sent to the Sullivan County Jail without bail. The suspect is due back in court Monday night, January 9, 2012 at 7:00 PM.