Police arrest suspects in daytime robbery in Hudson

HUDSON—City of Hudson Police are investigating a random daytime robbery at knifepoint.

Police arrested Cain G. Carothers, 22, for first degree robbery (with a dangerous instrument), a class B felony; third degree criminal possession of a weapon (previously convicted), class D felony; fourth degree grand larceny, class E felony; third degree assault and petit larceny, both class A misdemeanors, September 8.

That day at around 4:43 p.m., Hudson Police received a report that a man entered a restaurant on North Seventh Street, claiming he had just been attacked on the street and that his personal property was forcibly stolen from him. Uniformed patrols responded immediately and were told by the victim that two men had approached him while he was walking on the 700 block of Long Alley. One of the men allegedly displayed a knife and stated “I’m gonna kill you,” police said. The two suspects then reportedly began kicking and punching the victim. During the attack the two suspects stole the victim’s glasses, wallet, credit/debit cards and cell phone. Greenport Rescue Squad responded to the area and treated the victim for injuries he sustained during the robbery. He was taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital for further medical treatment. His injuries were non-life-threatening and he was released from the hospital later that day.

HPD detectives responded to assist patrol with the investigation. Shortly after the reported robbery, detectives located Mr. Carothers in Seventh Street Park. Most of the property was recovered and placed into evidence.

This robbery appears to be random criminal act and the suspects and the victim have no known relationships.

Mr. Carothers was arraigned before Judge Cheryl Roberts in the Hudson City Court. He was sent to the Columbia County Jail with no bail to return to court at a later date. Mr. Carothers is currently a New York State parolee, police said.

Detectives identified the second suspect in this case as, Eugene S. Cobbins, 42, of Hudson, who initially remained at large and was believed to be in the Albany area.

Mr. Cobbins turned himself in at the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, September 10.

Hudson Police charged him with first degree robbery (with a dangerous instrument), a class B felony; two counts of fourth degree grand larceny, a class E felony; third degree assault and petit larceny, both class A misdemeanors.

Mr. Cobbins was arraigned in Claverack Court before Justice Michael Brandon, September 11. He was sent to the Columbia County Jail with no bail. He was to return to Hudson City Court at a later date.

Anyone with further information about this crime is asked to contact the Hudson City Police Department, Detective Division at 518-828-3388.


A traffic stop led to the arrest of a couple for allegedly swiping two riding lawn mowers.

Columbia County Sheriff’s Deputies Andrew Horst and Zachary Sohotra were on routine patrol on County Route 7 in Copake when they observed a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado dump truck pulling a flatbed trailer that did not have a license plate displayed, September 7 at about 2:14 a.m.

Two Kubota Zero-Turn lawn mowers were secured to the flatbed trailer. The deputies conducted a vehicle and traffic stop on County Route 7 near the intersection with Birch Hill Road.

Upon further investigation and interviews it was determined that the trailer was unregistered and that the lawn mowers had been stolen from a business in Columbia County, Columbia County Sheriff Donald Krapf reported in a press release.

The theft had occurred earlier the same evening and had not yet been discovered by the business owners.

The operator of the dump truck was Joseph Adams, 40, and the passenger was his wife, Kathy Adams, 27, both of Wappingers Falls, Dutchess County.

Senior Investigator Reagan Anderson and Investigator Joshua Oakes responded to assist in the investigation.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Adams were charged with two counts of third degree criminal possession of stolen property, which is a class D felony in the Penal Law. Mr. Adams was additionally charged with second degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and issued several traffic tickets.

They were arraigned in Copake Court before Town Justice Glenn Schermerhorn. Mr. Adams was sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail, due to return to court at a later date. Mrs. Adams was released on her own recognizance due to return to court September 26.

Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka’s Office assisted in the investigation.


Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched by Columbia County 911 for a reported car versus bicycle accident on State Route 9H in the area of County Route 21, September 12 at 8:57 a.m.

Columbia County Sheriff Krapf reported in a press release, that a 2016 Ford Escape, operated by Ashley Fields, 39, of Cohoes was traveling south on Route 9H when a Rattan electric bicycle entered the roadway from the east at the intersection with County Route 21. The operator of the e-bike was William Scrapper, 36, of Kinderhook. Initial investigation indicates that Mr. Scrapper failed to stop at the stop sign on County Route 21 before entering Route 9H.

He was momentarily pinned underneath the vehicle after the collision.

The Valatie Rescue Squad took Mr. Scrapper to Albany Medical Center for the treatment of injuries sustained in the collision. Ms. Fields was not injured.

The southbound lane of State Route 9H was closed for about 2 hours and 45 minutes during the investigation.

The Kinderhook Fire Department, Valatie Rescue Squad, New York State Police, NYS Department of Transportation and the Columbia County Highway Department all assisted at the scene. The collision is still under investigation and no further details can be released at this time.


Sheriff’s Patrols were dispatched by Columbia County 911 for a reported motor vehicle crash between a 2020 Subaru Crosstrek and a 2016 Chevrolet Ambulance from the Town of Catskill, September 12 at 11:51 a.m.

The crash occurred on Route 23 at the intersection with Middle Road. The ambulance was traveling eastbound on State Route 23, transporting a patient to Columbia Memorial Hospital (CMH) in Hudson, when it was struck by the Subaru that was traveling south through the intersection from Middle Road, according to a press release from Columbia County Sheriff Donald Krapf.

The Subaru was operated by Martin Kenner, 81, of Hudson. His passenger was Camilla Smith, 83, also of Hudson. She was transported to CMH for the treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

The ambulance was operated by EMT Danielle Powell, 39, who was not injured. An EMS worker who was treating a patient in the ambulance at the time of the crash was injured. The injured EMS worker and the patient both sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to CMH.

Mr. Kenner was issued a traffic ticket for failure to yield the right of way at an intersection. The ticket is returnable in Greenport Court October 3.

The Greenport Fire Department, Greenport Rescue Squad, Town of Catskill Rescue Squad and the NYS Department of Transportation assisted at the scene. State Route 23 was closed to both east- and westbound traffic for about an hour after the crash.

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