LOCKPORT - A man who allegedly fled from a Youngstown police officer, entered a nearby apartment and then held police at bay for five hours has been indicted by a Niagara County grand jury.
Myquan R. Pringle, 24, of Fifth Street, Niagara Falls, pleaded not guilty in State Supreme Court Monday to first-degree burglary, along with three counts of unlawful imprisonment and single counts of menacing and resisting arrest.
Pringle's vehicle was pulled over by a Youngstown Officer Breanna Catipovic Feb. 17, and she sought to arrest Pringle on a warrant for failing to appear in Falls City Court on a robbery charge.
But Pringleran entered a nearby apartment house on Lockport Street in Youngstown, said Niagara County Assistant District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann.
Hoffmann said Pringle wouldn't let the occupants - a woman, her boyfriend and her 8-month-old baby - leave. The Niagara County Emergency Response Team and State Police arrested him five hours later. Pringle was armed with a hatchet, police said at the time.
In January 2016, Pringle was charged with slapping a disabled man outside a Niagara Falls supermarket in an incident caught on video and posted on Facebook. Pringle eventually pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of an incompetent person and was sentenced to 60 days in jail and three years' probation, Falls City Court officials said.