29 January 2020

Captain John J. Ryan
Acting Troop K Commander
UPDATE: January 31, 2020, thanks to public assistance the subject involved in the suspicious incident in the town of Rhinebeck has been identified.  Investigation has determined there was no criminality involved, and was merely a matter of mistaken identity with coincidental physical descriptors in common with the town of Red Hook incident.
The incident in Red Hook remains an ongoing investigation.


Rhinebeck, New York – January 28, 2020, the New York State Police, Rhinebeck Police Department, and the Red Hook Police Department, are investigating several suspicious incidents in the towns of both Rhinebeck and Red Hook.
On two separate occasions in each town a man described as older, short in stature, with grey facial hair, has had suspicious contact with children.  One witness believes the subject was operating a blue pickup truck, possibly a Chevrolet.  No crimes have been committed, but information regarding the possible identity of this man is wanted for the purpose of interviewing the subject.
Investigators want to remind parents to speak to their children regarding strangers approaching them, and to always be aware of their surroundings.
If anyone believes they may have information regarding the identity or location of a subject matching what description is available they are asked to please contact the Rhinebeck, Red Hook, and State Police at (845) 677-7300.

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