Jamestown Man Arrested for Violating Order of Protection Using Alleged Alligator Ruse

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(WNY News Now) – A Jamestown man was apprehended by Jamestown Police for using a fabricated alligator sighting to divert attention as he violated an order of protection.

Jamestown – In an early morning incident on August 28th, 2023, Jason L. Goodwin, a 44-year-old resident of Jamestown, was arrested for violation of an order of protection. The police report states that officers from the Jamestown Police Department’s Third Platoon were conducting a routine beat patrol at Panzarella Park on the River Walk when they encountered a female who claimed to have spotted an alligator in the river. As the officers investigated the alleged sighting, they discovered Goodwin sitting on a nearby park bench.

Subsequent investigation revealed that the alligator sighting was a fabricated diversion orchestrated by Goodwin to prevent officers from approaching him. This incident was a breach of an order of protection that mandated Goodwin to stay away from the victim.

Due to Goodwin’s prior conviction of Criminal Contempt 2nd, he now faces charges of Criminal Contempt 1st and Aggravated Family Offense. After his arrest, Goodwin was transported to the Jamestown City Jail, where he awaits arraignment proceedings.

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