CPD: Man contacts woman he threatened to kill

City police arrested a Cortlandville man Monday for failing to stay away from a woman he threatened to kill and who held an order of protection against him, according to the department.

Todd W. Ensign, 53, of 1771 State Route 13 was arrested following an incident about 10 p.m. on Duane Street, said Lt. Michael Strangeway.

A full order of protection was issued against Ensign in March after he threatened the 38-year-old woman and her 33-year-old male companion, according to the department.

On March 14, Ensign discovered the pair in a parked vehicle on North Main Street, started banging on its windows and yelling, "I caught you, I caught you, you guys are dead!" according to the Cortland Police Department. When the 33-year-old drove away, Ensign followed in a pick-up truck, Strangeway said. As the pair stopped for a red light on Groton Avenue, Ensign again got out of the truck, started banging on their vehicle’s windows and shouted, “You two are dead!” according to the department. The pair again drove away and notified city police, Strangeway said.

Officers later found Ensign at the Riverside Plaza at 160 Clinton Ave. and discovered he had a  Smith and Wesson .38 caliber pistol with him, according to police. While Ensign legally owned the pistol, officers took it from him for safekeeping as he was accused of threatening to kill two people, the department stated.

On Monday Ensign was arrested for misdemeanor second-degree criminal contempt and is set to appear at 9 a.m. Aug. 26 in City Court.