On October 20, 2018, deputies from the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office responded to the intersection of Beacon Light Rd. and Snyder Rd. in the Town of Verona for a reported domestic incident. Upon arrival, they learned that the victim had been a passenger in her car and her boyfriend was driving when they pulled into the Sav-On store at the corner of Rt 365 and Rt 31 in the Town of Verona. She said that her boyfriend and his friend got out the car and went into the store when her ex-boyfriend- Malcom J. Cummings, age 27, from Marcy entered the car in the driver’s seat. She said that he was upset because he had seen her boyfriend get out of the car. There was also another female in the backseat that was attempting to calm Cummings down before he put the car in gear and drove off with the women still in the car. They both reported that he was making threats to kill them by driving off the road and also threatening to return to the store and shoot the men they were with. They also reported that Cummings struck the victim in the face while he was in the car. Cummings eventually pulled the car over to the side of the road and fled with the victim’s wallet, cell phone and car keys. The victim then flagged down a passerby and asked him to contact the police.

Cummings was taken into custody a short time later on the gaming floor of the Turning Stone Casino by the Oneida Nation Police and turned over to the sheriff’s office. Cummings still had the victim’s wallet, cell phone and car keys on him at the time of custody. He was taken the sheriff’s office and arrested on the following charges: Criminal possession of stolen property, a felony; petit larceny, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and menacing, all misdemeanors and a harassment violation. He was held at the Oneida County Jail until he was arraigned at CAP Court.

Cummings was released after posting cash bail and an order of protection was filed ordering Cummings to stay away from the victim.