Police seek witnesses to Hudson stabbing

Hudson Police collect evidence at the scene of a stabbing the night of July 28. Photo by Lance Wheeler

HUDSON–Hudson Police arrested Tavaris A. Grant, 25, of Hudson in connection with a stabbing that occurred near Rope Alley and Second Street, July 28.

Mr. Grant was charged with first degree assault, a B felony, July 29. He was awaiting arraignment in Hudson City Court.

Mr. Grant was previously charged by HPD with possession of an illegal handgun on November 24, 2020.

At 8:33 p.m. July 28, Hudson Police were notified that Columbia County 911 received two calls reporting a large fight at Bliss Towers, 41 North Second Street.

Patrols were on the scene one minute later and found a 31-year-old Hudson man with multiple stab wounds to his chest. He was taken by the Greenport Rescue Squad to Albany Medical Center where he underwent emergency surgery. He is recovering from several chest wounds and remains hospitalized.

Police and the District Attorney are looking for witnesses to the stabbing which was caught on camera outside Bliss Towers the night of July 28.

The incident remains under investigation. Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka and Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore ask that any witnesses contact Hudson Police detectives at 518-828-3388.

The District Attorney and Hudson Police seek witnesses to the stabbing caught here on video surveillance footage. Photo contributed

Police responded to the scene after several people called 911 to report a brawl taking place in the street.

“We believe a number of people were in the area at the time, so if you were there and saw anything, we want to hear from you. This is at least the second incident this year in which a person died or almost died as a result of an assault. In both incidents, eyewitnesses have thus far refused to cooperate with law enforcement to tell us what they saw.” Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore said in a press release.

“This kind of senseless violence is not going to be stopped by police alone … citizens who may have witnessed these crimes must come forward and do their part to protect their families, friends and neighbors from future assaults. Admittedly, some have expressed concern about so-called ‘bail-reform’ and its effect on keeping witnesses safe from retaliation. Others have an outdated jaded view of the Hudson Police based on ancient history no longer remotely related to today’s professional force. We ask that you identify for us—and your family, friends and neighbors—any witnesses who had to have seen or heard something,” the DA said in the release.

HPD officers and detectives collected evidence and conducted interviews at the scene. They were assisted by units from the State Police and Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, as well as members of the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office.

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Number of charges increase against alleged child sex predator

CHATHAM—State Police in conjunction with the Columbia County Child Advocacy Center and the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office arrested Lawrence R. Thomas, 73, of Chatham for seven counts of predatory assault against a child, a class A-II felony; three counts of first degree rape, a class B felony; four counts of first degree criminal sex act, a class B felony; 10 counts of first degree sexual abuse, a class C felony; two counts of first degree attempted rape, a class C felony; three counts of first degree criminal solicitation, a class C felony, and two counts of first degree attempted criminal sexual act, a class C felony, July 26.

After Mr. Thomas was arrested in August 2020 by the State Police and the Columbia County Child Advocacy Center for first degree sexual abuse, a class D felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor, a continuing investigation revealed additional evidence of crimes committed.

Columbia County Judge Richard Koweek arraigned Mr. Thomas in County Court July 26 on the original sexual abuse charge and 29 additional sex charges after a grand jury returned a 31-count indictment against him last week, according to a press release from District Attorney Paul Czajka.

Judge Koweek continued bail at $15,000 and $30,000 bond after the DA asked that he be jailed without bail. The defendant faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, if convicted. State Police Investigator James Sokolowski and Trooper Matthew Maguire investigated the case. Defense Attorney Shane Hug represents Mr. Thomas.

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