SOUTHPORT, N.Y. (WETM) – A wanted Corning man has been arrested for an armed burglary on Hendy Creek Road after a manhunt Monday afternoon, and another suspect is still at large, according to the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office.

Semachiah McDuffie, 27 was arrested on August 22 after a New York State Police K9 tracked him through the woods into Steuben County.

The Chemung County Sheriff’s Office responded to a burglary on Hendy Creek Road at the Chemung-Steuben County line. Two people were reportedly on someone’s property and armed with a machete and a knife. The arrest report said that the homeowner, who had a NYS pistol permit, tried to detain McDuffie and the other person at gunpoint, but the two fled.

McDuffie ran into the woods and the other suspect fled in the car, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

McDuffie was charged with 3rd-degree Burglary (a class-D felony). He was arraigned in the Town of Southport Court and released.

The investigation into the burglary is ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office at 607-737-2933.

McDuffie was also determined to be wanted by New York State Police in Painted Post and was turned over to NYSP.

He was also previously arrested in July 2022 on weapons, traffic and forgery charges after a police chase from Watkins Glen to Hammondsport.

In a statement on the case, Sheriff Bill Schrom criticized New York’s bail reform, saying McDuffie had “a 35 page rap sheet with numerous felony and misdemeanor charges and/or convictions.”

“It’s time to stop catering to the criminal and allowing them to be released only to continually re-offend,” Schrom’s statement read. “We need to start holding criminals accountable and protecting our citizens!”