Rundt, wanted after collision with IPD chief, now suspected in two car thefts

June 18, 2014

Christopher Rundt, who Ithaca police identified as the driver after he fled the scene of an accident involving IPD chief John Barber, is now wanted in connection with two vehicle thefts. He is considered armed and dangerous after he is believed to have stolen a green Jeep Liberty that contained a .357 Magnum revolver and a police ID card.

Christopher Rundt. Photo provided by IPD.Christopher Rundt. Photo provided by IPD.Rundt is believed to have stolen a vehicle from the driveway of an elderly Village of Trumansburg resident after fleeing the scene of the June 12th accident, after apologizing to Chief Barber for hitting his car. That stolen vehicle was recovered in Manchester, New York, a town in Ontario County northwest of the Ithaca area. IPD says the 23-year-old Ellenville native has ties to the Ithaca, Manchester, and Ellenville areas.

The stolen green 2011 Jeep Liberty bears New York license plate GJF8356. Police say Rundt may still be accompanied by Ashley Woodward, who they believe was the female passenger in the car with Rundt last Thursday. Rundt is also wanted by the NYS Parole Division for violating the terms of his parole, and is a known IV drug user. He was released into parole supervision last summer, after facing charges of burglary in the third degree and criminal possession of stolen property in the fourth degree.

IPD asks that anyone who sees Rundt or knows his whereabouts contact local law enforcement or dial 911, or contact IPD via police dispatch at 607-272-3245, the administration line at 607-272-9973, the Crimestoppers Tipline at 607-697-0333, or the anonymous online tip form.

Chief Barber, who sustained minor injuries in the crash on West Clinton Street but did not seek treatment, has recovered well. He says, "Thankfully, I feel as good as always." When we asked how he felt responding officers handled an accident involving their boss, Chief Barber told us, "My officers did a great job handling the scene and identifying the driver."

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