December 2, 2021

Cortland shooting suspect wanted in Florida

Groton man held in July 25 incident in city also wanted in parole case

A Groton man will remain in the Cortland County Jail without bail following a shooting July 25, or until Florida authorities take him to face charges in that state, a Cortland City Court judge ruled Monday.

Robert S. Bailey, 39, of 7 Short Road, appeared Monday in Cortland City Court in a case where he was accused of shooting one man and shooting at another because, court records say, they did not stick up for a woman during an altercation at a Vennette Street house over money that was apparently stolen from the woman.

He was charged with first-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, felonies; and prohibited use of a weapon, a misdemeanor.

Police responded at 12:52 a.m. July 25 to the area near 60 Central Ave., the Cortland County Office Building, for a report of multiple shots fired. When they arrived, they found a man who had been shot once, police said. They provided first aid until TLC Emergency Medical Service ambulance and Cortland firefighters arrived. No other injuries were reported.

Witnesses identified Bailey as the shooter; he was arrested later that day during a traffic stop in Groton.

However, Bailey is also wanted in Florida after absconding while on parole. Defense attorney Luke Fenchel noted that Bailey was arraigned Wednesday on a Florida warrant issued in April. Details of the Florida charges were not available.

City Court Judge Lawrence Knickerbocker said Florida can take Bailey back to that state, but if it doesn’t, he must show up for his next court date. Bailey’s next city court appearance is Oct. 30.