Amber Alert: 9-year-old Clifton Park boy taken early Friday; Suspect identified, arrested previously

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CLIFTON PARK – The state police have issued an Amber Alert for a child taken from Clifton Park early Friday morning and police believe the child is in danger of serious harm or death and identified a suspect.

The abduction comes three months after the suspect in the abduction, Nivaldo Oliveira, was accused of breaking into his estranged wife’s apartment while she and a child hid in an upstairs bathroom and called police, records show.

Oliveira was charged with felony burglary in the earlier case, arraigned and released on his own recognizance, court officials said Friday. He failed to show up for court two weeks later and a warrant has been out for him since, court officials said.

The child was identified as Gustavo Oliveira, 9, and he was taken at about 1 a.m. Friday from Tallow Wood Drive, state police said.

The suspect was identified as Nivaldo P. Oliveira, 41. He was last seen traveling on Tallow Wood Drive, state police said. A state police Facebook posting did not identify whether the two Oliveiras are related or what the Nivaldo Oliveira was traveling in.

The child is described as having short, black hair and brown eyes. He is approximately 4 feet 8 inches tall and weighs about 100 pounds. He was last seen wearing orange shorts and a red t-shirt.

The suspect is described as Hispanic with short black hair and brown eyes. He is approximately 6 feet 0 inches tall and weighs about 190 pounds.

“The child was taken under circumstances that lead police to believe that they are in imminent danger of serious bodily harm and/or death,” the state police Facebook posting reads.

A state police spokeswoman later Friday morning called the investigation “very active” and asked that people look at the photos and contact police if they have any information on their whereabouts.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the New York State Police Clifton Park at (866)NYS-AMBER or dial 911 to provide information on a report or sighting.

The early Friday abduction comes about three months after Nivaldo Oliveira was accused of breaking into his estranged wife’s Halfmoon apartment and disconnecting a surveillance camera while she hid in an upstairs bathroom with a child, state police said at the time.

Nivaldo P. Oliveira, was arrested then on charges of second-degree burglary, a felony, along with fourth-degree stalking, a misdemeanor.

Oliveira was accused of illegally entering the woman’s residence on Feb. 9 at about 10:30 p.m. He then remained inside and concealed himself under the couch for a period of time while the woman, as well as a child, hid in the upstairs bathroom and the woman called 911, according to allegations filed in court then. He also disconnected a camera there, state police said.

According to the allegations, he fled then without interacting with the woman or child and before authorities arrived.

State police then caught up with Oliveira on Feb. 12 when he returned to the victim’s home and arrested him.

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He was then arraigned in Halfmoon Town Court and released, a court official said Friday. He was due back in court Feb. 26, but never showed, the official said. 

Just eight days before the Feb. 9 incident, Oliveira was charged with misdemeanor trespass and child endangerment on similar accusations, according to allegations filed in court for that case.

In the Feb. 1 incident, Oliveira was accused of entering the residence without permission and remaining there after being told several times to leave. He was also accused of closing a child’s arm in a door while trying to stop the woman from leaving, according to the allegations.

 

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