It turns out the attempted kidnapping reported yesterday wasn't that at all. The driver thought to be trying to lure a child into his van was only trying to tell the child he had dropped his jacket. Here is today's press release from the Hudson Police Department.
Following a thorough and intensive investigation, the Hudson Police Department has determined that the reported incident of attempted child kidnapping did not occur within our jurisdiction. The collaborative efforts of the Hudson Police Department, New York State Police, New York State Bridge Authority, Columbia County Sheriff’s Department, and the Hudson City School District were instrumental in resolving this matter.
Upon locating the vehicle and driver today, it was revealed that a language barrier led to a misinterpretation of the events. The driver had observed a child dropping a jacket on the walking/bicycle path. In an attempt to inform the child, the driver stopped and made a hand gesture pointing to the rear of the vehicle. The driver had a strong accent, and the child believed the driver was instructing him to "get into the back" of the van.
Police Commissioner Shane Bower expressed pride in the collaborative efforts of all involved agencies, stating, "I am proud of the work from the members of our Police Department and all the additional agencies that assisted in this investigation. No crimes were committed, and we are now able to close this case."
“I want to commend the quick and decisive actions taken by the children involved. The ability to react appropriately in a potentially dangerous situation is commendable. Moreover, I am beyond proud of the hard work and dedication exhibited by our Officers throughout the course of this investigation to keep our community safe and informed.”- Chief Franklin
The Hudson Police Department remains committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of our community, and we appreciate the support and cooperation of the public throughout this investigation.