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Attempted kidnapping of cyclist near Albany, NY(8 posts)

Attempted kidnapping of cyclist near Albany, NYJoe Nordic
Jul 15, 2002 7:05 AM
Man faces kidnapping charge
Livingston-- Police say suspect tried to abduct woman riding a bike

By DEBORAH MARTINEZ, Staff writer
First published: Monday, July 15, 2002

A 49-year-old Greene County man is facing an attempted kidnapping charge after he tried to abduct a 43-year-old woman as she rode her bike on County Route 31, Columbia County sheriff's deputies said Sunday.

Deputies say Roger K. Gudz of West Coxsackie purposely drove into the path of a Clermont woman Saturday, knocking her to the ground and causing minor cuts and bruises to her leg. The woman and two passing motorists told investigators Gudz then got out of his Chevrolet Cavalier station wagon and grabbed her in an attempt to force her into his vehicle. The victim, whose name deputies did not release, put up a struggle and broke free just as one of the motorists pulled up.

She did not know the suspect, who sped off once the good Samaritans arrived.

"It was fortunate for the victim that a passing motorist observed what was going on," Sheriff Walter Shook said.

Gudz was traced to his house on River Street in West Coxsackie after both witnesses took down his license plate number and gave it to authorities.

Investigators searched his home and said he might have planned to bring the woman there.

Gudz was brought to the Columbia County sheriff's office, where he was charged with second-degree attempted kidnapping, a felony. He was later arraigned in Livingston Town Court and sent to Columbia County Jail with bail set at $150,000 cash or $300,000 bond. His next court date is Aug. 8.
My worst nightmare!AllisonHayes
Jul 15, 2002 8:23 AM
Lone cyclists -- male or female -- are so vulnerable. She was very lucky.

i Investigators searched his home and said he might have planned to bring the woman there.

I wonder what investigators found in his home? I can only imagine. Pretty scarey if you ask me.

And there are more creepy people out there than ever these days. Maybe grzy is right - we need to arm ourselves.

Also, check this post from last week:

WCC "So my wife goes on her 1st solo bike ride......" 7/9/02 11:33am
Concealed Carrybobwill
Jul 15, 2002 10:55 AM
Well, my cousin Steve lives in a Concealed Carry state, and has the license to carry a loaded firearm concealed on his person. So, any time he goes on unfamiliar trails or trails that are infested with rednecks he takes a single action .22 revolver in a fanny pack. If he expects trouble I've seen him just wear the holster out in the open.
why not just carry pepper spray? (nm)ColnagoFE
Jul 15, 2002 12:14 PM
because, He's a complete redneckbobwill
Jul 15, 2002 5:50 PM
didn't you pick up on that. :-)
A lawyer friend of mines carries a .22PaulCL
Jul 15, 2002 12:12 PM
He's a runner, cyclist and kayaker.

He's had a man in a pickup try to run him over - chased him through a field - just for flipping him off. The pickup buzzed him, my friend flipped him off, the guy jammed it into reverse and chased him through a field. My friend ended up on foot climbing a tree. His bike was run over.

While kayaking on a local river, he's had the normal drunk boaters try to swamp him. One guy came by him repeatedly - kind of a game. He stopped when my friend fired a shot across his bow.

The day I carry a weapon is the day I quit cycling alone. Very sad. Paul
A friend of mine had a confrontation...Lone Gunman
Jul 15, 2002 2:16 PM
With a drunk motorist out in the countryside. A typical confrontation, words were exchanged, somehow the drunk stops his car and my buddy egged the guy to stop the car and continue the discussion "man to man". Drunk gets out of the car, buddy sprays him in the face with dog repellent, takes his cycling shoe off and beats the now blinded drunk with his shoe, broke his nose, took his car keys away from him, locked all the car doors and threw the keys into the woods. Left him there on the side of the road and then called the police and told them of a drunk guy out on such street that had locked himself out of his car....What cop is going to believe a story about getting beat up by a guy on a bicycle?
Anyone carry a Tazer? (nm)cydswipe
Jul 15, 2002 2:49 PM