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January 3, 2014

Weather delays menacing suspect's return

Menacing suspect Barry Renert will be returned to New York this weekend, according to Otsego County District Attorney John Muehl.

“I think they’re going down Saturday and coming back Sunday,” Muehl said.

Renert is currently being held by authorities in Virginia, where he was arrested on the night of Dec. 23, following an extensive manhunt.

That morning, according to law enforcement, Renert entered the Seventh Inning Stretch store in Cooperstown, his former place of employment, wearing a ski mask and black clothing. Renert then confronted the store’s owner, Vincent Carfagno, and displayed a 9mm Glock handgun. Carfagno went to the floor, produced his own handgun and fired a shot, which missed Renert and caused him to flee.

This incident kicked off a multi-agency investigation that culminated in Renert’s arrest in Richmond, Va.

Muehl said that Renert was originally supposed to be retrieved from Virginia on Thursday, but that weather conditions got in the way. 

“They’re not going down in this weather,” said Muehl, speaking as the Northeast was bracing for the effects of a nor’easter storm.

Muehl said that an officer from the Otsego County Sheriff’s Office and an officer from the Cooperstown Police Department would be retrieving and returning Renert, and that they would be using a police vehicle to do so. Renert has been charged with second-degree burglary and chose to waive extradition Monday.

Muehl said that he will be presenting Renert’s case to the grand jury this month.

“I’ll present everything to the grand jury and they’ll decide what charges there (are) going to be,” said Muehl.

At the time he was interviewed, Muehl said he didn’t have a list of all the charges on which he would seek to indict Renert. He did say, however, that a charge of attempted murder was being considered.

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