COLLINS – Police have identified the man who allegedly held a woman hostage during an hours long standoff Tuesday night on the Cattaraugus Reservation in Collins.
The suspect, 43-year-old Hiram Rivera, was taken into custody without incident just after 7 p.m. following the three-hour standoff. The hostage was released in good health.
New York State Police say the situation started as a high-speed chase between a State Trooper and Rivera, who was on the run after being accused of a home invasion Monday night in Stockton.
The chase ended after Rivera slammed into another car, which started on fire. When Rivera got out of his car, video shows him taking a passenger who was inside as a hostage. He dragged the woman into a wooded area near Versailles Plank Road. Police say he was armed with a handgun and a knife.
Rivera was charged with burglary, strangulation and two counts of grand larceny for the alleged home invasion. He has not yet been charged for Tuesday’s standoff. Police says he remains in the Chautauqua County Jail without bail.