Menacing suspect awaits extradition
Barry M. Renert, 62, was formally charged in a Virginia court Thursday on charges relating to his alleged menacing of a Cooperstown shopkeeper Monday, Otsego County District Attorney John Muehl said.
Muehl said he expects to know in about a week whether Renert will waive extradition. If not, Muehl will have to get a governor’s warrant to have Renert returned to the state.
Muehl said he doesn’t anticipate a problem, and said he will do “whatever it takes to get him back here.”
Renert was captured Monday evening by police in Richmond, Va., while waiting to board a bus at a Greyhound station. The black sedan he used to flee upstate New York after the incident was found nearby.
An arrest warrant for Renert was signed by Cooperstown Justice Gary M. Kuch, charging Renert with burglary in the second degree. The warrant was forwarded to the Richmond City Sheriff’s Office for execution as a fugitive from justice.
If convicted, Renert faces up to seven years in prison.