SATURDAY MORNING UPDATE:The command post in the search for a wanted Fort Drum soldier has now been moved to Dryden, after he reportedly crashed a car in that area overnight.
State Police say they now believe 20 year old Russell Marcum is in the Town of Virgil in Cortland County, this after police pulled over Marcum in a stolen vehicle early Saturday morning.
Tompkins County Sheriff's deputies say they stopped Marcum at appoximately 1:50 AM in Virgil. The vehicle he was driving matched the description of a stolen vehicle in West Winfield.
Deputies say Marcum then led police on a chase to the Gee Hill Road area, before abandoning the vehicle and fleeing on foot into the woods. Authorites say they established a perimeter around the woods, believing Marcum to still be in the area.
Marcum is described as 6'3", 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing a blue or dark colored hoodie sweatshirt and tan pants.
Troopers emphasize Marcum may be armed and dangerous, and if you see him you're asked to call 911, don't try to confront the man.
A Fort Drum soldier who escaped from military custody is the subject of a police manhunt that has spanned multiple counties.
State Police in Otsego County are looking for 20-year-old Russell C. Marcum, who is considered armed and dangerous. They say he broke free from custody and stole a vehicle Thursday night after an arrest on a burglary charge.
Marcum lead police on a chase through Madison, Oneida, and Otsego counties. State Police have set up a command post in West Winfield, and are currently searching the woods of the Richfield Springs area after they damaged the tires of the vehicle and caused him to crash. He then fled on foot, according to reports.
Marcum was driving a white 2003 Chevy Avalanche with a West Virginia license plate 8PR-207.
Marcum is 6'3" tall and weighs 180 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing his camouflage Army fatigues uniform, according to State Police spokesman Trooper Jack Keller.
The Associated Press reports that Marcum was armed with a handgun and may be wearing a bulletproof vest. He also was reportedly suicidal and said that he would force police to shoot him in order to end his life.
His last known location is in the Town of Richfield, south of Utica, near the intersection of State Route 20 and Cole Hill Road.