Suspended Schenectady officer is arrested once more
SCHENECTADY A suspended city police officer was arrested again, accused of damaging items during an argument with his girlfriend and violating an order of protection, police said.
The incident went so far that city police had to use a K-9 to track their own suspended officer, Kyle Hunter. The track couldn’t find him early Thursday morning; he was finally found Friday at a friend’s house in Amsterdam, police said.
Hunter faces one count each of felony criminal mischief and felony criminal contempt.
The contempt charge relates to an order of protection that was put in place after his initial arrest March 27.
In that incident, he was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, accused of taking his girlfriend’s car during an argument and refusing to give it back.
“I’m going to [expletive] you like you [expletive] me,” Hunter was quoted in court papers as telling the woman then.
Hunter, an eight-year police force veteran, was suspended without pay for 30 days after the first incident. Another 30 days without pay has been tacked on for the latest arrest.
Hunter, who has faced discipline problems in the past, is one of seven city police officers already facing termination proceedings on a variety of accusations.
Of those seven, Hunter and three others are the only ones facing criminal charges.
Hunter’s new felony arrests mean he is now the only one facing automatic termination should he be convicted of the charges against him.
The charges in Hunter’s most recent incident were upgraded because of the amount of damage caused, police spokesman Sgt. Eric Clifford said. He was unsure what exactly Hunter is accused of doing.
The woman involved in the incident called police just before 12:30 a.m. Thursday. Arriving officers determined that the order of protection had been violated and began looking for Hunter, Clifford said.
It was unclear if Hunter knew that police were looking for him. Police knew the direction Hunter was headed in and called in the Schenectady County sheriff’s K-9 team to try to find him.
That search proved unsuccessful. An arrest warrant was sought, and Hunter was tracked down in Amsterdam late Friday afternoon. He was arrested by Amsterdam police at about 5 p.m.
He was to be held overnight in the city police detention cell until arraignment this morning.