Police: Soldier escaped military custody, vanished after chase
Pfc. Russell Marcum, 20, is considered armed and dangerous, New York state police say.
September 16th, 2011
05:01 PM ET

Police: Soldier escaped military custody, vanished after chase

State police in central New York are looking for a U.S. soldier who they say escaped military custody at Fort Drum, stole his parents' car and led police on a four-county chase.

Pfc. Russell Marcum, 20, of Morgantown, West Virginia, is considered armed and dangerous, state police said.

Marcum, who was in "unit custody" on the base after being arrested earlier in the week on suspicion of burglary, eluded officials on base Thursday night, got into an altercation with a fellow soldier and stole his parents’ 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche, state Trooper Jack Keller said.

He drove away from the area and led police on a chase, Keller said. The car eventually went over stop sticks that police had deployed in rural Otsego County, and Marcum lost control of the vehicle, according to Keller.

Marcum left the car and fled into a wooded area, and he hasn’t been seen since, Keller said.

Just hours before he left Fort Drum, Marcum’s parents bailed him out of the Jefferson County (New York) Jail, where he’d been held since Monday on burglary charges, Fort Drum spokeswoman Julie Cupernall said. He was placed into unit custody at Fort Drum after his parents posted bail, Cupernall said.

Marcum joined the Army in August 2010 and was deployed to Afghanistan from January to March, Cupernall said.

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  1. Stinkin latino

    Lol@ kc. Hes all over this comment string. Get a life you dumb soldier. Go cry in the corner with your ptsd

    September 17, 2011 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • TexasB

      Shut the *@&! Up you dirty Mexican. Lol

      September 17, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • kc

      First I'm a she, not a he. Second I don't have ptsd (at least the voices tell me I don't). It's okay though, I, my fellow brothers and sisters in arms will continue to fight for u to practice the right to b a moron...

      September 17, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • steve

      Come on your really Piers Morgan, you can't be a stinkin latino because your a stinkin wino!

      September 17, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  2. big Al of KC

    @Corwin7, Dude you are seriously warped! The comment you made about "murder for fun" only shows you have no clue and no respect for the people that support your freedoms and liberties.

    September 17, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  3. treadstone

    Sounds like jason bourne to me...

    September 17, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  4. steve

    No one likes a thief that steals from his fellow soldiers. I had a great First Sergeant, he said this after a thief stole some laundry from a fellow soldier" Yesterday PFC_________, had his laundry stolen, he would like it back with one exception please keep the body crabs!" It was an interesting formation that cold day in Germany.
    Their doesn't seem to be much information about the soldier as what happened to him at Camp Drum or Afghanistan, it appears he needs help, there is always that strike against one in the military if they ask for help. But soldiers need to remember to follow orders and protect their countryman civilian or military.

    September 17, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  5. Julie

    Both my sons are military, my oldest spent a year in that sand trap-Afghanistan. The problem is with the recruiters. They lie to the recruits and the gov. They tell them what they want to hear. To the recruits- A huge bonus-insurance-monthly check- college(He never tells of the restrictions) and to the gov-They never disclose of drug abuse-alcohol problems-any kind of mental, social or emotional problems. They will recruit ANYBODY as long as they make an almighty dollar!!

    September 17, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  6. nevermind

    It's easier to discredit & discard someone rather than reaching out to help them!

    September 17, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Isa

      Please help this soldier, don't let him die. He need you help in this crucial time. He served our country when we needed him. Please help him, don't kill him.

      September 17, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  7. Rad

    Top of the world Ma! Top of the world!

    September 17, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  8. kim

    Sad this guy needs help and as usual the treatment of our veteran mental state after they return from service overseas in war torn countries is pathic and shameful. Those who are not willing to go over to afgan and fight are always the ones to talk badly about our services men but you cant get them to go over seaseas to war. This man needs help not scorne he may have committed robbery yes he is wrong for that, but we do not know what was going on in his mind. I wonder how well others would do if they walked in his shoes, oh I forgot there not willing to do that!

    September 17, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Jman

      I'm in the same unit as this kid and he did nothing or seen anything in Afghanistan that would make him flip out like this. He was a trouble maker before he joined and even more since he has joined. I agree with you on the mental state of some Soldiers when they return but this kid really is a criminal.

      September 17, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jessie Lee

      Amen JMan

      September 17, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. SwilliamP

    I would like to know why tragedies are amusing and elicit smug and sarcastic remarks (many though not all preceding commenters). This person has ruined his life, may hurt someone else, is obviously unstable-whether from War Zone experiences or otherwise. His parents are out the bail money and know the prospects for their son are grim at best. These events merit a shudder, a shaking of the head, maybe sympathy for the parents. Cynicism, callous and phony self righteousness are not appropriate. Don't we have any decency, or wisdom anymore?

    September 17, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  10. filbert

    What would Jesus do? Well first he'd consult John Boehner.

    September 17, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  11. Joel

    As a former Marine Corps recruiter I can attest to the shady army recruiting practices. They will give out iPods and backpacks at high schools to soften them up and promise extra rank and bonus money's. Exactly what an immature teenager wants, free stuff, rank for little to no effort, and a large "bonus." The practice of soft selling the reality of what it takes to fight in war is severly guarded. When the money us spent it is gone. And the burn out they will receive from their long tours now doesn't seem so great. Join any other branch, the ones we (other services) look for are educated. Especially enough to research that the job entails. The youth are smart, but can be swayed by a quick trinket or promise of big money.

    September 17, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • JMK

      You are right on the money man. I was a Drill Sergeant in the army. The kids I would get in were appalling. I would do my best to get out the bad apples. I had no problems kicking people out till the surge hit in Iraq. Then is was hard as hell and the quality of the recruit was 10 times worse. I use to spend a lot of time on the phone screaming at these recruiters.

      September 17, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. doomsday

    Well he sure was trained well by his country to scape from such a chase.

    September 17, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. david

    It goes to show what the army calls quality. Why are their recruiting standards so low?! I'm sure this wasn't this wasn't this kids first offense of this type, but they were probably willing to overlook it. Does the army even have any standards for recruiting?!

    September 17, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. leeintulsa

    Recruitment is down. The difference between chance to help pay for college during peacetime and having to go to afghanistan or iraq is, obviously, huge. Not surprising they'll take any warm body they can get..

    September 17, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Hyram St. Frikith

    1st comment/ator:

    •Born mentally retarded (lllllllllllllll)
    •Chooses to be mentally retarded (llll):

    September 17, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
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