An assault suspect was hospitalized Monday night with hypothermia after hiding in a tree to evade capture, according to Montgomery County sheriff’s deputies.
Paul E. Henderson, 33, was charged with first-degree criminal contempt, second-degree burglary, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, two counts of second-degree harassment and fourth-degree criminal mischief, according to deputies.
Deputies responding to a 7:54 p.m. call reporting an assault at 414 Indian Trail Road began searching for Henderson when the alleged victim called again to say Henderson was trying to break into the home, deputies said.
A search with a police dog ensued, and Henderson was found hiding about 25 feet up a hemlock tree in woods surrounding the home, deputies said.
Firefighters from the South Minden and Fort Plain departments were called to get Henderson out of the tree, and he was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Amsterdam, deputies said.
Henderson was arraigned in Minden Town Court and sent to the Montgomery County jail on $15,000 cash or $30,000 bond, deputies said.