Hudson Police send man alleged to have groped women to hospital

HUDSON–Hudson City Police are investigating several apparently related incidents where women were subjected to unwanted sexual contact.

The morning of July 11 at 8:44 a.m., HPD received a call via Columbia County 911 from a woman who reported that she was walking on Allen Street near St. Mary’s Church and was confronted by a man wearing red boxer underwear shorts and no shirt.

The victim stated that the man exposed himself to her and proceeded to touch and grope her. The man ran away headed west on Union Street.

Patrols and detectives immediately responded to the neighborhood. Several minutes after the initial report, a detective observed a man matching the description grab and fondle another woman as she was walking on Union Street. The man was immediately taken into custody by an HPD sergeant.

The alleged perpetrator, identified as Jamar L. Beauford, 21, of Hudson is described by police as a Black male, 6 feet tall, and 180 lbs. He has script tattoos under both eyes.

HPD was immediately assisted by the Mobil Crisis Assessment Team (MCAT) and he was taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital where underwent treatment, evaluation and was later released.

HPD also investigated another, possibly related, incident that is alleged to have occurred earlier that morning in the area of Oakwood Boulevard.

Upon his release this afternoon, he was charged with second degree unlawful imprisonment (misd); forcible touching (misd) and first degree sexual abuse (felony).

He was arraigned before Hudson City Court Judge Brian Herman, who set bail at $500.

Mr. Beauford is scheduled to reappear in Hudson City Court Thursday July 14.

“A shocking and disturbing series of incidents played out on our streets yesterday. So many of our residents are concerned for their safety. Every HPD member is hyper-aware of this situation and will be fully responsive to stop any repeat violent conduct toward the women of our community. The investigation is still open and ongoing,” Police Chief L. Edward Moore said in a press release.

Anyone with any additional information or who may have been victimized are asked to call HPD detectives at 518-828-3388.

Copake

A Columbia County man was charged with burglarizing a home despite and active order of protection.

Arnold L. Albright, Jr., 54, of Ancram was arrested for second degree burglary, a class C felony; second degree criminal contempt, and fourth degree criminal mischief, both class A misdemeanors, by State Police from the Livingston barracks, July 1.

Troopers were called to a residence that date when a resident returned home to find the house burglarized and windows broken. An investigation determined Mr. Albright allegedly illegally entered the residence and broke the windows in violation of an order of protection.

He was arraigned in Copake Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.

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Participants in a recent “Train the Trainer” course apply a tourniquet to leg of a mock victim. Photo contributed

Training course educates trainers

GHENT—The Columbia County Emergency Management Department hosted a “Train the Trainer” course for those who serve in public safety positions, July 7 and 8.

The attendees will be able to provide the Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) and Stop The Bleed in one six- hour class or each individually in three-hour classes to schools, businesses, community organizations and the general public in Columbia and Greene counties.

CRASE, which was designed and built on the Avoid, Deny, Defend strategy developed by ALERRT in 2004, provides strategies, guidance and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event.

There are very few CRASE and Stop the Bleed instructors locally and with the recent mass shootings nationally, local public safety agencies have received many calls for these types of classes. The 16-hour course, Civilian Response To Casualty Care – Train The Trainer (CRCC) was presented by instructors from the ALERRT Center at the Columbia County Emergency Services Training and Response Facility on Grandinetti Drive in Ghent.

From their website; “ALERRT stands for Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training at Texas State University. The ALERRT Center at Texas State University was created in 2002 as a partnership between Texas State University, the San Marcos, Texas Police Department and the Hays County, Texas Sheriff’s Office to address the need for active shooter response training for first responders. In 2013, ALERRT at Texas State was named the National Standard in Active Shooter Response Training by the FBI. Since 2002, ALERRT at Texas State has been awarded more than $72 million in state and federal grant funding, and has trained more than 130,000 law enforcement and fire officials nationwide in dynamic, force-on-force scenario-based training. In this funding cycle, the program is operating on more than $22.7 million for national training. More than 200,000 civilians have attended the Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) Avoid-Deny-Defend awareness program.”

The ALERRT Center is the organization that was asked to investigate and evaluate the law enforcement response to the May 24, 2022 school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Their report on the mass shooting was released July 6. The training provided locally was limited to 20 students and is grant funded and free to course attendees. Public Safety agencies who sent members and completed the course are:

Columbia Co Sheriff’s Office, State Police – Livingston, Columbia Co EMS Coordinator’s Office, Hudson Police, Columbia Co Fire Coordinator’s Office, Greene County Sheriff’s Office, Questar/BOCES–Greenport Troy Police, Chatham Police and Greenport Police.

One of the ALERRT instructors is a person who lived locally. Anthony Brahm retired as an investigator with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. He also served as chief of the Ghent Fire Company and provided many CRASE and Stop the Bleed classes in Columbia County until he and his wife relocated to the Florida area.

If an organization would like a CRASE class, contact one of the agencies listed or Columbia County Emergency Management at: .

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