Waterloo Suspect Had History of Domestic Violence

The man arrested in a double-homicide in Waterloo had a history of domestic violence. New York State Police said Emerson Tohafjian, 48, ambushed three people on Tuesday. Tohafjian allegedly shot and killed two people and injured the third.  Investigators said Tohafjian took off and was later arrested at the Cheerful Valley Campgrounds. The alleged suspect had two recent arrests in June for domestic violence. The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office arrested Tohafjian on June 3. The Town of Varick charged him with assault in the third degree, criminal obstruction of breathing, menacing, and criminal mischief. An order of protection was also issued to protect the victim. He was released on bail. Then, despite the order of protection, the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office arrested Tohafjian again on June 19 for another domestic violence incident in the Town of Fayette. Tohafjian allegedly choked the female, threatened to kill her, forcibly raped her and also injured her cat by throwing a cat carrier while the animal was inside. Tohafjian was charged with first-degree rape, a felony; first-degree unlawful imprisonment, also a felony; criminal obstruction of breathing, and cruelty to animals. Tohafjian was once again sent to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on a $10,000 cash bail and $20,000 bond which was once again posted.  New York State Police, the Seneca County District Attorney’s Office, and Waterloo Police will have another update to the case on Thursday morning.  

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