Police: Gloversville man vandalized apartment in search of daughter

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
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— A Gloversville man has been arrested after police say he entered an apartment in search of his teenage daughter and did several thousand dollars worth of damage.

Police responded at 4:40 p.m. Monday to 79 Division St. following a report of shots being fired in the upstairs apartment, Gloversville police said.

Police say Cecilio Persen, 32, went there with a 14-year-old boy in search of his 15-year-old daughter, who he believed had run away to that location. Persen's daughter was later found hiding in the attic as police processed the scene.

Armed with a pellet pistol and hammer, Persen and the boy, who was not unidentified, broke down several doors, turned over a refrigerator and kitchen table and committed other acts of vandalism totaling several thousand dollars worth of damage, police said.

They fled the scene with a third person who was waiting in a car, police said. Local police departments were notified of the three leaving the city, and a statewide alert to be on the lookout for the vehicle was issued, police said.

At about 9 p.m., Persen turned himself in at the Gloversville Police Department.

Persen was charged with second-degree burglary and second-degree criminal mischief, and was arraigned Tuesday morning.

Charges against the 14-year-old boy are pending and will be forwarded to Family Court.

The investigation is ongoing.

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