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Police: Man in protective custody after walking on frozen Mohawk River

Police: Man in protective custody after walking on frozen Mohawk River

He's taken for mental health evaluation
Police: Man in protective custody after walking on frozen Mohawk River
Glenville police Chief Stephen Janik said the man initially ignored commands.
Photographer: PETER R. BARBER

GLENVILLE — A man who was yelling and walking on the broken ice of the Mohawk River on Monday was taken to a nearby hospital for a mental health evaluation, according to police.

Schenectady police Sgt. Matthew Dearing said authorities were called by Rivers Casino and Resort security staff who saw and heard the man out on the broken ice in the river.

Police did not disclose the man’s identity.

Glenville police Chief Stephen Janik said the man initially ignored commands given to him by emergency responders to come off of the river when he was on the Schenectady side. The man continued walking over to the Glenville side of the river, he said.

Janik said Schenectady police informed Glenville officers that the man exited the river on the Glenville side and went into the woods there. Police then searched along the Mohawk-Hudson Bike Path and could hear the man yelling. They were able to locate him in a wooded area near Sunnyside Road, according to Janik.

Janik said the man was taken into protective custody and was transported to Ellis Hospital for a mental health evaluation.

Janik said the man was not charged with anything.

There have been ice jams appearing on the Mohawk River, with water still running underneath the ice due to warmer temperatures. Janik said someone who chooses to walk on the river is "not something someone thinking clearly would do."

“It’s not a safe environment to be,” Janik said. “Taking that into consideration, that’s why we transported him [to the hospital] for a mental health evaluation.”

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