New York state police have charged John Mehne, 25, of Ithaca, NY and Florida, with several charges including animal cruelty, robbery, theft, and burglary. On Tuesday morning, state police responded to an accident on I-81, three miles from the Pennsylvania border. Upon arriving at the scene, officers found an empty 2016 Audi facing the wrong way. The car was later found to be stolen from Sarasota, Florida.
State police said that after Mehne crashed into the guard rail, he tried jumping on the back of a van, but failed. He then jumped on the back of a pick up truck, though the driver pulled over and Mehne ran off into the woods. State police and officers from the Broome County Sheriff’s Office began a search.
State police say that after Mehne crashed into a guard rail, he tried jumping on the back of a van, failed, and then jumped on the back of a pick-up. The driver pulled over and Mehne ran off into the woods. State police and the Broome County Sheriff's Office began a search. Around 4 p.m., a call came from a resident on Duell Road who reported he came home to Mehne in his chicken coop. The resident said Mehne told him he was killing the chickens. Mehne then picked up an ax and started chasing the homeowner. Following this, Mehne stole an ATV from the home and drove off.
Police later got a different call regarding a man fitting Mehne’s description who was found naked in a different chicken coop on Springer Road. After state police officers interviewed people in the area, it was discovered that Mehne broke into a house and killed a family dog as well as tampered with the lattice under a deck in another home. After his pillage, Mehne was taken to Binghamton General Hospital for a wound from a dog bite.
Finally, Mehne was arraigned and remanded without bail to Broome County Jail. Currently, investigators are working with the Broome County District Attorney’s Office with the ongoing investigation, with more charges possible. Investigators are looking for anyone who had damage done to their property in the area, and if they find any property or clothing from Mehne, they are urged to call (607) 775-1241.