Ravena man charged with assault, unlawful imprisonment
photo: John Irby
LIBERTY, N.Y. — New York State Police at Liberty arrested a 33-year-old man Tuesday after witnesses saw him drag a screaming woman into his car and contacted police.
John Irby, 33, of Ravena is charged with Unlawful Imprisonment in the first-degree, Reckless Endangerment in the first-degree, Assault in the third-degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
State Police say they received several phone calls regarding the possible abduction of a woman from the area of State Route 55 in Swan Lake. Witnesses told responding officers that they saw a man dragging a screaming woman into a vehicle that then fled the area at a high rate of speed.
A search for the vehicle, a 2002 Oldsmobile began, and a short time later it was spotted on Stanton Corners Road in the Town of Liberty by a plainclothes member of the sheriff's office. Marked State Police units were successful in stopping the vehicle and Irby was taken into custody.
A woman and two children were in the vehicle according to police. The woman was taken to Catskill Regional Medical Center and treated for non-life threatening injuries sustained when she jumped from the moving vehicle at one point during the incident.
Irby was arraigned in the Town of Liberty Court and remanded to the Sullivan County Jail with no bail set.
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