State Police arrested a Rensselaer County man, who faces a bevy of charges, after he allegedly violated a stay away order and assaulted the victim.
Seth A. Brooks, 40, of Cortland Street in Brunswick, allegedly dragged the victim out of their home and into his vehicle Monday, July 14. Brooks allegedly threatened to kill the victim. Police said Brooks then drove around with the victim in vehicle before stopping in the parking lot of Troy Plaza on Hoosick Street, where Brooks physically assaulted the victim.
A witness confronted Brooks in the parking lot, but Brooks then drove away onto Alternate Route 7 and crossed the Collar City Bridge, according to police. The witness then called 911 to report the incident.
Shortly after State Police were dispatched to locate the vehicle, a “frantic” 911 call was received from the victim while inside the vehicle, said police. The victim told dispatchers of their location while Brooks was allegedly physically assaulting her.
State Police located Brooks traveling northbound on I-87 from Crossgates Mall. Brooks engaged police in a pursuit before officers “safely” ended it on the Northway around Exit 4.
The victim was treated by Colonie Emergency Medical Services and transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Brooks was arrested on the felony charges of kidnapping in the second degree and aggravated criminal contempt; the misdemeanor charges of criminal obstruction of breathing, resisting arrest, unlawful fleeing in a motor vehicle and two counts of criminal mischief in the fourth degree; along with several traffic infractions.
Brooks was arraigned in Brunswick Town Court and remanded to the Rensselaer County jail without bail.