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. Name*eileen

    i am here for you soldier.

    September 17, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Always USAF

    Hey hilarious. You are a disrespectful punk. LEARN some respect!

    September 17, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. nunya

    Wow, PTSD?? Give this Hero the help he needs.

    September 17, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Enoc A. R.

      PTSD, NOT! He is just stupid. A sorry excuse for a Soldier.

      September 18, 2011 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Blue Templar

      Aha, there it is. The automatic assumption that any soldier done wrong must have PTSD. Along with the excuse of anyone that steals "is a good boy/girl" You know, sometimes people are just bad, that simple.

      September 18, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • 100% ETH STRONGER

      He never thought them as enemies, he just want escape. Give the clamp for this Hero.

      September 18, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. suzycue alvarado 5598368122


    September 17, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jesse hernandez

    yes drill seargents are drill seargents that train at a drill instructor school. the army calls them drill seargents. infact in the army it is accepted or was 10 years ago to call a drill seargent DI. for the one who doesn't read well, being offered sniper school while i'm in basic doesn't mean sniper school is during basic.

    September 17, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Panties

    Run, Soldier, Run. Keep on going. HeeHee, Grins & Giggles.

    September 18, 2011 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
    • teresa, ohio

      I'm with you Panties: run, soldier. Who better than a soldier to know what will be done to him by his own ? This is quite the disappearing act all for a burglary.... unless.... he was set up? I'm sure we haven't heard the last of this.
      Thanks for your service, Soldier. be safe.

      September 18, 2011 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
    • 100% ETH STRONGER

      Dam Panties, run where? Run to your 7/11 body massage? Don't you close for Holiday? He is too young 4 U.
      Keep draining-out someone's energy from their genit*l.

      You love gravy on your fried Chicken, don't you?

      September 18, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. daniel

    i know this we had basic together he the person i would thing that would do some thing like this

    September 18, 2011 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  8. PJ

    He's been in police custody since 3:25pm Saturday, local time:

    September 18, 2011 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
  9. meems

    nunya, it probably isn't ptsd....he's probably never been deployed. not everyone in the military has been in war. not everyone in the military is a hero, or even a decent law-abiding citizen. this one, clearly, is not. there are many that have earned that kind of recognition, but to those who are heroes, it is very insulting for this individual to be called one as well.

    September 18, 2011 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
    • 100% ETH STRONGER

      Meems, read the last page b 4 u type. He was deployed in Afghanistan from Jan to March to protect US.

      September 18, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • meems

      so scratch out that he's never been deployed. My answer remains the same.

      September 18, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. lins

    Our local paper says they have him in custody.

    September 18, 2011 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
    • 100% ETH STRONGER

      You mean, outreach? That is clueless.

      September 18, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. pugsly

    when these brave kids come home after putting their lives on the line they find nothing but unemployment. gonna see a lot more trained survivalists surviving any way they can.

    September 18, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • 100% ETH STRONGER

      Dear pugsly, I strongly agree with you. Unless we do have new Rule, everyone in America who reached the age of 18 must serve in U.S.A Armies. Then, things will change dramatically. Everyone will start respect American Armies.

      September 18, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. qwedie

    He was facing a dishonorable discharge and now prison for a long time in a place that is just so bad. Stupid person.

    September 18, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  13. Oscar

    I hope they catch that guy.

    September 18, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  14. sgtthomas16

    I served 6 years including one 12 month tour in Iraq. Everyone in any military unit serves around 6-15 months during one tour...how did this guy go over for 3 months? Something was wrong with him to get shipped home that fast. I bet he is exactly what the military doesn't need.

    September 18, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • 100% ETH STRONGER

      Do you rather respect all those Hollywood fancies and regular bar visitors, whose watching you in TV and make their stupid judgments how you handling Guns in Iraq and Afghanistan, by the cost of your Blood??!! For the sake of your Country America and its Citizens??!!

      Thanks for your service.

      September 18, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. gro...icmc

    So blame this on ptsd for 3 months of over seas duty cause he is a thief is retarted. He is a thief and nothing more then that.

    September 18, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
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