Man arrested after manhunt in Holley

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 July 2014 at 12:00 am

HOLLEY – A man who was on the loose for nearly six hours was finally arrested after he was discovered hiding in a hollowed out couch in an abandoned house this evening.

David Diaz, 31, of 25 Mechanic St. was the subject of a manhunt from about 12:30 p.m. until he was located at 6:30 p.m. at a house next door at 27 Mechanic St.

Diaz was charged with resisting arrest and escape in the third degree, Holley police officer David Nenni said.

Diaz will be turned over to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department. He is wanted on a probation violation and could face additional charges.

Holley police knocked on Diaz’s door at 10 a.m. when police were investigating a fraud case through the Department of Social Services, Nenni said. Diaz took off through the back door and was caught after a foot chase, Nenni said.

Diaz was taken to the Holley police station but was released. However, the Monroe County Probation Department then called to say Diaz was wanted on the Probation violation.

He was brought back to the station and told Holley police officers he had to go to the bathroom, Nenni said. Diaz claimed the water wasn’t working in the bathroom. While a Holley police officer checked, Diaz then fled the police station at about 12:30 p.m.

Holley police officers, the State Police, Albion Police, Orleans County Sheriff’s Department and Niagara County K-9 were all in the village, trying to locate Diaz. A police helicopter also were brought in, Nenni said.

At about 6:30 p.m. Diaz was located by three Holley police officers – Nenni, Robert Barton and Skip Christ. Diaz was hiding inside a couch.