Assault with meat cleaver reported in Lake Placid

A domestic assault with a meat cleaver led to a standoff in Lake Placid yesterday. Neighbors called police around 9:30 Wednesday morning, when a bleeding woman escaped and ran to a nearby apartment for help. Village police responded, but the suspect, 24-year-old Michael Sears, refused to come to the door. After a two hour standoff that led to the rest of the apartment building being evacuated, Sears was finally taken into custody. Village police say he was armed with a meat cleaver. He’s now facing assault and criminal possession of a weapon charges. The woman who was cut was treated and released from the hospital.