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Police say Copake man abducted woman

July 11, 2019 12:25 pm

HILLSDALE — A Columbia County man is behind bars without bail after he allegedly abducted a woman in Hillsdale, police said.

Thomas P. Golden, 35, of Copake, was charged with second-degree kidnapping, a class B felony, and criminal obstruction of breathing, a class A misdemeanor, according to a statement issued by state police.

On July 8 at 9:30 p.m., troopers responded to a domestic dispute on Whippoorwhill Road. Golden had used “physical force, and threatened the use of deadly force, to abduct the victim,” according to police.

“After several hours in captivity the victim was able to flee to safety, and contacted state police,” police said.

The man had kept the woman there by allegedly threatening her, Trooper Aaron Hicks, a spokesman with state police, said.

Golden was found and taken into custody at an address on Route 23 in the town of Copake.

The alleged victim, who was not identified by police, knew Golden, police said.

Golden is due back in court Thursday.

Golden has a criminal history. He was sentenced to 2 to 4 years in state prison Nov. 6, 2013, upon his conviction of third-degree grand larceny, a class D felony; seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor; and operating a motor vehicle impaired by drugs, an unclassified misdemeanor.

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