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Estranged Madrid couple charged with criminal contempt after Friday standoff

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MADRID — State police leveled criminal contempt charges against an estranged Madrid married couple after a standoff Friday night at a Route 310 home.

State police were called to the 1988 Route 310 home of Matthew S. Wilson, 32, about 5:20 p.m. following a report from the St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services Child Protective Services Unit of an order of protection violation between Mr. Wilson and Erin J. White, 27.

Police said that Mr. Wilson was taken into custody immediately when they arrived; however, Ms. White, of 2084 Route 310, barricaded herself inside Mr. Wilson’s residence and refused to surrender. Police said that resulted in the closure of a stretch of Route 310 for five hours while troopers negotiated with Ms. White in an attempt to take her into custody.

“When anyone barricades themselves in a residence and refuses to come out, of course there is a threat,” said Trooper Jennifer V. Fleishman, state police spokeswoman. “She was making threats to harm law enforcement.”

Troopers had a previous violent interaction with Ms. White on May 2 when she was arrested for having been armed with a baseball bat while trying to gain entrance to a Dailey Ridge Road residence.

After Ms. White fled the scene, authorities stopped her on Route 310, where she backed her vehicle into a state police car and tried to flee, police said. She was tased by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents and taken into custody.

The state police Special Operations Response Team used a robot to enter the residence to determine the level of threat, Trooper Fleishman said.

“The robot assists in the safety of our members and uses a camera to locate the person and assess the situation inside,” she said.

Ms. White was located inside a bedroom, unarmed, and troopers entered the residence and took her into custody.

On the evening of the standoff, police said there were three children involved in the situation; however, Trooper Fleishman said Monday that there was no indication that the couple’s three children were in the home at the time of the incident.

Ms. White was taken to Canton-Potsdam Hospital, Potsdam, with injuries she had suffered before law enforcement arrived. Police declined to provide additional information on Ms. White’s injuries or how she received them.

Ms. White and Mr. Wilson both were charged with second-degree criminal contempt.

Mr. Wilson was arraigned in Town Court and released on his own recognizance.

No additional charges are pending, and the matter is considered closed, Trooper Fleishman said.

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