Dunkirk burglar in jail after standoff with police

A Dunkirk man has been remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail after being caught burglarizing a house and forcing police to negotiate with him to hand himself over.

According to a press release by the Dunkirk Police Department, at around 7:25 p.m. on Friday, officers were dispatched to 141 Nevins Street for a reported burglary in progress.

Once on the scene, it was determined that a male subject, later identified as Jonathan Herdzik, 29, of South Serval Street, entered the house through an unlocked window on the north side of the house. Herdzik was still inside the house once police arrived.

A perimeter was established with assistance from the Fredonia Police Department, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and the New York State Police.

Contact was evidentially made with Herdzik, who agreed to come out to the door, where he was taken into custody without incident shortly before 8 p.m.

The homeowners were not home at the time of the incident. They arrived later to report nothing had been taken or damaged.

Herdzik was charged with second-degree criminal trespass and arraigned in Dunkirk City Court on Saturday. He was remanded to the county jail in lieu of $1,300 cash bail.

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