Update: Man facing numerous charges after standoff on Boyd Street in Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY —  The Watertown Police Department released the following statement at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, 2019:

“On this date, on or about 3:49 AM, uniformed patrol officers were called to the parking lot of Great American Store near the Boyd St. entrance for a domestic.

Officers interviewed a 24-year-old female who advised she and her boyfriend are both residents of 605 Boyd St. second floor apartment. She further advised he had menaced her with a knife and handgun, broke her cell phone and obstructed her breathing. Officers tried to speak with the boyfriend but he refused to come outside.

A perimeter was set up around the residence with assistance from Jefferson County Sheriff Office (JCSO) Deputies. Crisis negotiators from both our department and JCSO responded, as well as members of our Special Response Team and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team. The negotiation team made contact with the subject and continued speaking with him until he agreed to surrender.

At 8:08 AM, the male subject exited the house and was taken into custody. He was brought to the Samaritan Medical Center for evaluation.

Detectives from our department and the Metro Jeff Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at the apartment where we found weapons and drugs inside.

After the male subject was released from the hospital, he was brought to our station. The male subject is identified as 30 year old Karim Mitchell-Rahim.

He was charged with several felonies and or misdemeanors crimes of the NYS Penal Law as follows: Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance Third Degree class B felony; Criminal Possession of a Weapon Third Degree class D felony being a convicted criminal and used a knife to menace; Criminal Possession of a Weapon Third for possessing metal knuckles; Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree class E Felony for damaging a phone with value greater than $250; Menacing in the Second Degree class A misdemeanor; Criminal Mischief Fourth Degree class A misdemeanor for preventing a 911 emergency call; Criminal Obstruction of Breathing class A misdemeanor; and Harassment Second Degree a violation.

He is being held at the station to await arraignment this evening.

In addition to above, we were assisted by the Watertown Fire Department and Guilfoyle Ambulance personnel during the negotiations and tactical response this morning.”

Joseph R. Donoghue Sr.
Detective Lieutenant