Man Hides in Ex-Wife's House for a Week

Forest Rangers and The New York State Police Aviation Division were among those searching for a man they thought was hiding in the woods after threatening his ex-wife. The man was found a week later, hiding in his ex-wife’s home.

Troopers say 50-year-old Roman Gedz of Busti forced his way into his ex-wife’s vehicle on July 27 and demanded to be taken to her house. He also threatened her and damaged some of her property, including her telephone, when she tried calling police.

The woman’s daughter was able to call 911, but when police arrived and searched the house they believed Gedz had run into the woods.

This past Saturday, the woman went back to her house and noticed some items that were not there before and heard a noise upstairs. She left and called police. This time she told them there was a hidden crawl space on the second floor behind a closet. Troopers removed several large boxes and other items and found Gedz hiding in the crawl space.

He is charged with unlawful imprisonment, criminal contempt, criminal mischief, harassment and acting in a manner that could injure a child. He’s in jail while awaiting a bail recommendation from the district attorney’s office.

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