A Schenectady man faces a high-level kidnapping count, accused of assaulting a woman with a beer bottle and then forcing her into a vehicle and taking her to a Thruway truck stop early Thursday, authorities said.
The woman was able to use a cellphone and call police shortly before 4:30 a.m., but wasn’t freed until around 6 a.m., according to papers filed in court.
Haresh Ramgadoo, 21, of 23.5 Moyston St., was charged Thursday with one count of second-degree kidnapping and second-degree assault, both felonies. If convicted of the kidnapping count, he faces up to 25 years in state prison.
The incident began at around 1:50 a.m. Thursday at the corner of Strong and Snell streets, according to papers filed in court. There, Ramgadoo is accused of hitting the woman in the left side of her head with a beer bottle,.
Ramgadoo then allegedly forced her into the passenger side of her car then drove off. As he drove, Ramgadoo allegedly told her that he loved her and that he was going to take her to Georgia, according to papers.
Ramgadoo then filled the vehicle with gas and got on the Thruway. Once on the Thruway, he pulled into a truck stop and kept her there at about 4:24 a.m., the woman was able to make a 911 call from his phone. Ramgadoo then finally let her go at around 6 a.m., according to papers.
Papers did not indicate where the truck stop was on the Thruway, or give further information about what happened between the time the woman called 911 and the time she was released.
A city police spokesman contacted Friday had no further information.
Ramgadoo remained at the Schenectady County Jail Friday evening on $50,000 bail.