TROY, N.Y. - On March 2, 21-year-old Nicholas Harrington was released from Rensselaer County Jail on probation. Within hours he broke that probation.
"Very shortly after he was released he actually cut off his ankle bracelet and went to a relative's house and attempted to secure a fire arm," said Sgt. Shane Holcomb. "He's made some disconcerting statements about wanting to do harm to others and himself."
Holcomb said their top priority is making sure Harrington's ex-girlfriend and family are in a safe, secure location.
"They are absolutely terrified right now and their lives are turned upside down until we can bring it to a closure," said Holcomb.
Harrington originally ended up behind bars after kidnapping his ex-girlfriend in the parking lot of Hudson Valley Community College where she goes to school.
"He was actually hiding between two cars and as she was getting into the vehicle he jumped up and got into the passenger seat and took control of the vehicle," said Holcomb.
Harrington drove as far as Schaghticoke before the victim was able to escape.
"She was able to get out of the vehicle when they stopped for traffic and he got out and tried to force her back into the vehicle at which time a Good Samaritan came by and pulled him off of her and she was able to get away," said Holcomb.
Harrington eventually turned himself into authorities, which is what the Sheriff's Office is hoping occurs this time around.
If you have any information on the whereabouts of Harrington you're urged to call the Sheriff's Office at 266-1985.