Man wanted in domestic assault arrested after chase

May 26, 2018 GMT

Rochester police arrested a man after a foot chase on Wednesday afternoon. Police say the man was involved in a “rather violent” domestic assault two weeks ago.

Michael Cozik, 31, is in custody, two weeks after he allegedly assaulted and choked a 32-year-old woman — to the point she went unconscious multiple times — and then refused to let her leave the apartment on May 16, according to Interim Rochester Police Chief John Sherwin.

Plainclothes officers with Rochester’s Criminal Interdiction Unit spotted Cozik at Slatterly Park at 3:20 p.m. on Wednesday. When they approached him, he took off running over a foot bridge, heading toward a neighborhood on 11th Avenue, Sherwin said.

Officers set up a perimeter in the area and spotted Cozik attempting to force his way into a 93-year-old woman’s house, in the 800 block of 11th Avenue Southeast, Sherwin said.

They later located Cozik on top of a garage, a few houses down, he said.

Cozik could face charges of fleeing on foot, as well as charges in the previous domestic abuse incident and on an outstanding warrant, Sherwin said.

In the first incident, on May 16, the woman told police that Cozik prevented her from leaving the apartment multiple times; he also ripped the phone out of the wall, preventing her from calling police, Sherwin said.

At one point, as Cozik was allegedly choking the woman, he told her, “I’m going to kill you.” Police found the woman with neck injuries consistent with being choked.

For that incident, Cozik may face charges of domestic assault, domestic assault by strangulation and false imprisonment, a felony, according to Sherwin.