Machete-wielding man tasered in Penn Yan

John Christensen
The Chronicle Express

PENN YAN – A man wielding a machete had to be subdued by police with a taser before he could be taken into custody, according to police reports.

Benjaimin Casimir

Benjamin A. Casimir, 22, of Rochester, was arrested July 20 by Penn Yan Police responding to a complaint at a local business where  Casimir allegedly threatened to kill a village resident with a machete over a previous dispute.  

Penn Yan Police Chief Thomas Dunham says that when PYPD Officers Brad Cole and Corey Grace arrived at the scene, they found Casimir holding a machete which he refused to put down when ordered to.  Police say he refused all the officers' commands and then told the officers to shoot him several times. One of the police successfully deployed a taser, taking down Casimir with a single pulse, and removed the machete from his hand.  

After Casimir was taken to the hospital for a check over, he was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree menacing, resisting arrest, and second-degree harassment. He was was held at the Yates County Jail for Centralized Arraignment Court. Pleading not guilty, he was remanded back to the jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail, $2,000 fully secured bond, or $5,000 partially secured bond. Casimir will answer the charges later in Penn Yan Village Court.

Describing the incident as having become an attempted "suicide by cop," Chief Dunham commended officers Cole and Grace for their response and their attempts to de-escalate the situation.