Schenectady County

Gloversville escapee caught in Schenectady

Police said a woman who escaped custody in Gloversville early Monday morning was picked up by police
Heaven M. Puleski
Heaven M. Puleski

Police said a woman who escaped custody in Gloversville early Monday morning was picked up by police in Schenectady on Tuesday afternoon.

Arrangements were being made shortly after Heaven Puleski’s capture for her to be transported back to Gloversville, according to Gloversville Police Dept. Chief Marc Porter.

Puleski, 36, was a passenger in a car that was pulled over Monday around 3 a.m. by Gloversville police officers. During the stop police discovered she had an active bench warrant in Saratoga County. Police said Puleski was taken into custody on the warrant, “but was subsequently able to escape from officers,” according to a press statement.

Porter said the department is conducting an internal review of how Puleski escaped, but would not comment further.

“Now that she’s back in custody it’s possible we can learn more information from her [about the escape], but I’m not going to comment any further,” said Porter. “We want to look at the whole event and what went wrong and what contributed to that.”

“The main focus was to get this person back into custody,” he added.

Schenectady Police Dept. spokesman Lt. Mark McCracken confirmed to The Daily Gazette that Puleski was picked up in Schenectady around noon on Tuesday. McCracken indicated that Puleski was arrested without incident and isn’t facing any charges from the Schenectady Police Dept.

Porter said Puleski’s bench warrant in Saratoga County was for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. She’ll now face an additional charge of misdemeanor escape from the incident in Gloversville, said Porter.

Porter added Puleski might have been desperate but police do not believe she was armed while she was on the run.

“I guess anyone that’s desperate and is evading police would be potentially dangerous, but we had no reason to believe she was armed,” said Porter.

In a dramatic but unrelated turn of events, a stabbing occurred in front of Gloversville police headquarters while reporters were waiting for Puleski to arrive at the station.

According to Time Warner Cable News, a car pulled up to the station shortly after noon on Tuesday. People exited the car and another car pulled up in front of police headquarters. Those passengers began arguing with the passengers in the first car. One man was stabbed and at least one other person was taken into custody, according to the news station, which captured footage of police responding to the fight.

Porter did not return a request for comment on the stabbing.

Puleski’s escape came less than a day after another woman briefly escaped state police custody in Schoharie.

Tierra L. Scott, 27, of Middleburgh, was arrested on burglary charges Sunday by investigators with the Schoharie County Sheriff’s Dept. Citing a lack of manpower, the investigators called for assistance with transport from state police.

Scott was already in handcuffs when state Trooper Jason Cintula arrived on scene, according to state police spokesman Mark Ciepel. Cintula checked the cuffs to make sure they were properly secured and, as per state police policy when one officer is transporting a single prisoner, secured Scott in the front seat of his police cruiser.

Cepiel said during the ride to the sheriff’s office that Scott, who is small in stature, was somehow able to slip her cuffs. Upon arriving at the sheriff’s department, while Cintula exited his cruiser and moved around to the passenger side to retrieve Scott, she locked the doors from the inside. Cintula tried to open the car with his key fob but Scott prevented his entry. She moved to the driver’s side of the police cruiser, put it in drive and took off, said Cepiel.

Scott dragged Cintula a brief distance, who suffered minor knee and leg injuries. A Schoharie County sheriff’s deputy fired two shots at Scott while she was dragging Cintula. The shots missed, said police, and Scott wound up driving 3 1⁄2 miles away before ditching the cruiser on Wetsel Hollow Road in the town of Schoharie, Cepiel said.

Scott then fled on foot another four more miles through the woods before authorities found her near Saddlemire Hill Road and Grovenors Corners Road, Cepiel said.

Scott faces one count each of third-degree grand larceny, first-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree assault, all felonies, along with third-degree escape, a misdemeanor. She appeared in town of Schoharie Court Monday evening where she pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Her attorney asked that Scott be released without having to post bail, citing longtime ties to the area. Schoharie County District Attorney James Sacket, citing the escape attempt, asked Judge Kenneth Knutsen to keep bail at $25,000. Knutsen ordered bail to remain at $25,000, and Scott is due back in court Oct. 17.

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