JC Police: Knife-Wielding Employee Wanted to Talk with Boss


Johnson City Police Department have charged DOMENICO J. ROSSI, 26, of Conklin, with two felonies after he pulled a knife on a work-site employee because the boss would not talk with him about a pay dispute.

Police reported the incident started around 4 p.m. on Friday, December 20, when patrol units were called to a disturbance at an address on the north end of Oakdale Road near the village line. Police were advised that the male causing the disturbance had a knife and was threatening people at the location.

When an officer arrived on the scene, he observed a vehicle driven by Rossi going south on Oakdale Road at a high rate of speed. Other responding officers were able to stop Rossi after he turned onto Grant Street in Johnson City, which is a dead-end street. Rossi was taken into custody.

The victim, who was not identified, stated to officers that Rossi arrived at the job site where he was working and wanted to talk with boss. Rossi claimed he was owed money. The boss was not on site and Rossi asked the victim to talk with him in his car. While in the car Rossi, threatened the victim with a knife and forced him to call the boss, who was not identified, and bring him the disputed money.

When the boss would not come, Rossi threatened to stab the victim and would not let him leave the car. He then drove away with the victim in the car, who ended up jumping out of the moving car to get away.

When Rossi was taken into custody, officers observed him to be in an intoxicated condition. Rossi was taken to Central Arraignment at the Broome County jail where he was remanded to the custody of the jail.

Rossi, whose booking photo was not released, was charged with:

  • Kidnapping in the first degree, a Felony;
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 3rd degree, a Felony;
  • Menacing in the 2nd degree, a Misdemeanor;
  • Driving While Intoxicated, a Misdemeanor;
  • Speed not reasonable and prudent, a traffic infraction.