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Police: Schenectady man kidnapped Rotterdam woman

Police: Schenectady man kidnapped Rotterdam woman

Police: Man forced Rotterdam woman out of home, held her in city
Police: Schenectady man kidnapped Rotterdam woman
Nailon W. Blair
Photographer: Rotterdam Police (inset); Shutterstock (background)

ROTTERDAM -- A Schenectady man was charged with three felonies Saturday in the alleged kidnapping of a Rotterdam woman.

Nailon W. Blair was charged with second-degree kidnapping, second-degree burglary and third-degree criminal mischief. Blair was also charged with second-degree harassment, a violation.

Blair was arraigned in Rotterdam Town Court and was sent to Schenectady County jail without bail later Saturday. 

The arrest started with a call to Rotterdam police of a dispute between a man and a woman at a town address. Police found signs of a struggle at the location and a forced entry.

Rotterdam detectives were summoned to process the scene further and interview possible witnesses. Blair, a man known to the alleged victim, police said, was seen forcing his way into the home and then removing the woman.

"Blair then physically forced the female victim out the back door and forced her to get into her vehicle and drive them away from the scene against her will," according to a Rotterdam police release.

Rotterdam and Schenectady police and Schenectady County sheriff’s deputies began searching locations that Blair was thought likely to be, Rotterdam Det. Paul A. Coppola said.

Rotterdam police said Blair's vehicle was found outside of an apartment in Schenectady. Patrol officers were able to secure the area and make contact with both individuals.

"It was clear that the victim was being held against her will at said location by Blair," Coppola said.

Blair was taken into custody without further incident and transported to Rotterdam Police Department for interviewing and processing.


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