Police disarm man in burning garage, charge arson

HUDSON—At 3:21 a.m. Friday, January 27, the Hudson Fire Department was summoned to a fully-involved structure fire at the rear of 424 Warren Street in Prison Alley.

Hudson Police heard the call and also went there.

When police arrived, they saw a man in the burning garage. He allegedly began threatening the officers with a big stick and refused to leave.


The officers entered the burning garage disarmed the subject and physically removed him to take him into custody.

Detectives and patrol officers from the Cause and Origin Team are investigating and have charged the suspect, identified as Oswaldo E. Gonzalez, 23, who police say is currently homeless and formerly of Gallatin, with offenses for allegedly setting fire to the garage, allegedly causing damage to a vehicle, allegedly menacing officers with a large stick, allegedly obstructing the officers and firefighting operations and allegedly resisting arrest.

Also assisting in the investigation is the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office and the Hudson Fire Department.

Mr. Gonzalez was arraigned in Hudson City Court before Judge John Connor Jr. on the charges of third degree arson, second degree menacing, fourth degree criminal mischief and obstruction of governmental administration. He was sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail.

The investigation is continuing.

Anyone with information about this or any other crime is asked to contact Hudson Police at 518 828-3388 or the Detective Unit and Tips Line at 518 828-9900.

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