State police in Herkimer arrested 27-year-old Karl M. Rice of Salisbury, Herkimer County, for second-degree unlawful imprisonment (a class A misdemeanor), third-degree menacing (a class B misdemeanor ), unlawful growing of cannabis (a class A misdemeanor ), fourth-degree criminal mischief (a class A misdemeanor ) and second-degree harassment (a violation).
On June 9, 2019, at about 6 p.m., troopers responded to 509 Thompson Road, Salisbury, for a reported domestic dispute. The complainant said she was held against her will at the residence by Karl Rice. Rice prevented her from making a call to 911 during an altercation, took her cell phone from her and smashed it with a baseball bat.
Rice is also accused of chaining the victim to a tree outside for about an hour and threatening to kill her and her mother if she tried calling the police.
Troopers began to search for Rice, who was not on scene when patrols arrived at the residence. The female victim then gave state police consent to search the house to confirm he was not inside. While inside, state police located approximately 16 marijuana plants in plain view, located in the laundry room from the main hallway of the residence.
The marijuana plants were taken into evidence and transported to SP Herkimer.
On June 12, 2019, Rice turned himself in at SP Herkimer where he was processed without incident and arraigned in Salisbury Town Court. He was remanded to Herkimer County jail in lieu of $500 cash bail or $2,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in the town of Salisbury Court at 3 p.m. June 20, 2019.