Tuesday, March 19, 2024

It Happened Here, in Our Little City

Earlier today, Gossips received this press release from the Hudson Police Department, with the headline "Attempted Murder/Domestic Incident."
On March 15, 2024, the Hudson Police Department arrested 54-year-old Orlando Williams of Hudson, NY. Williams was arrested on several felony counts, including one (1) count of Attempted Murder 2nd Degree, a class B felony; Kidnapping 2nd Degree; Strangulation 2nd Degree; Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd Degree; and Criminal Contempt 1st Degree, all class C felonies. 
At approximately 10:24 p.m. on March 14, 2024, Columbia County 911 received an emergency call reporting an active domestic incident involving weapons. Hudson Police patrol units, along with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Department, promptly responded to the location specified in the call. Upon arrival, officers interviewed the victim, who was visibly distressed and covered with mud. 
According to the victim's account, she was smoking a cigarette alone on her back deck when her ex-boyfriend, Williams, against whom she held an active order of protection, surprised her. Williams forcibly grabbed her and covered her mouth to prevent her from calling out. He then dragged her against her will down a path to a wooded area behind the old JLE School, where he threatened to kill her. During the ordeal, he attempted to stab and choke her. Fortunately, the victim's current boyfriend dialed 911 and intervened, enabling her escape from her assailant. Williams fled the scene before the police arrived. The victim sustained minor injuries but declined medical attention. 
On March 15, 2024, the New York State Police located and detained Williams in Greene County, subsequently transferring him to the custody of the Hudson Police Department. Williams appeared for arraignment at the City of Hudson Court before Judge Roberts, who remanded him to the Columbia County Jail with a return date of today, March 19, 2024. 
The Hudson Police Department received valuable assistance from the New York State Police (Catskill/Livingston) and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Department during the investigation and apprehension process. Anyone with additional information pertinent to this case is urged to contact the Hudson Police Department at 518-828-3388.

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