Police standoff leads to five arrests (With Photos)

By Erika Mahoney
By Conor Mooney


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March 17, 2014 Updated Mar 17, 2014 at 10:09 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Five suspects face charges following an hour-long police standoff in a Binghamton neighborhood Friday night.

It began around 7 p.m., when Binghamton police patrolling the area of 120 Walnut St. noticed two men, Josie E. Valdes with Joel G. Valdes-Pica, standing in front of the home.

Police said Josie Valdes had an outstanding bench warrant for unlawful possession of marijuana. They arrested him without an incident.

Joel Valdes-Pica allegedly threw marijuana onto the porch of the Walnut Street home before fleeing the police.

Officers detained him in the backyard and recovered a loaded .38 revolver.

Police returned to the porch, and noticed that someone had taken marijuana that Valdes-Pica allegedly threw. They approached the three residents living in apartment 1 of the home.

While in the doorway, police said one of the residents hit an officer in the face.

Police said the residents threatened to shoot them, and waived knives at them.

Another officer was hurt when a resident slammed the door repeatedly into him.

Police backed off, and a standoff began.

Johnson City police, the Broome County Sheriff's Office and New York State Police arrived to assist.

A parole officer got in contact with the residents, one of whom allegedly said if officers came inside that "they'd have a big surprise for them."

At about 8:30 p.m. the three suspects living in the apartment surrendered.

Police identified the suspects who allegedly assaulted the officers as
Jennifer Gonzales-Soto, Wilfredo Pica-Torres and Jeffery Sanchez-Pica.

Josie E. Valdez, 23, Binghamton, was charged for an outstanding bench warrant.

Joel G. Valdes-Pica, 20, Binghamton, was charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the 2nd degree and two counts of tampering with evidence, both felonies.

Jennifer Gonzales-Soto, 36, Binghamton, was charged with one count of assault in the 2nd degree, a felony.

Wilfedo Pica-Torres, 40, Johnson City, was charged with two counts of assault in the 2nd degree, a felony, and one count of criminal possession of a weapon in the 3rd degree.

Jeffrey Sanchez-Pica, 27, Binghamton, was charged with one count of assault in the 2nd degree, a felony, and one count of obstructing governmental administration.

A judge arraigned all five in Binghamton City Court.

Valdes was released, and the remaining four were taken to the Broome County jail.

Binghamton police said the standoff was a result of a previous investigation by their Community Response Team.

Police are continuing to investigate. Anyone with information is asked to call (607) 772-7080.