AMSTERDAM — An Amsterdam man is in the Montgomery County jail after trying to flee from arrest on a bicycle, city police said.
Police said that Nelson J. Ruiz, 35, was facing several warrants for minor thefts and failing to appear in court when an officer recognized him and stopped him as he biked over the Fourth Avenue bridge around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. When told he was under arrest for those warrants, police said Ruiz fled across Church Street on the bike and went onto Reid Street.
Additional Amsterdam officers, state police and Montgomery County sheriff's deputies responded and set up a search perimeter and began looking for Ruiz. His bike was located behind a house on Reid Street, and a state police dog then tracked Ruiz to the second floor of an abandoned house on Jay Street near Hibbard Street. Ruiz initially refused to cooperate, police said, but later complied and was arrested.
Ruiz appeared before City Court Judge Lisa Lorman, who ordered him held without bail.
Ruiz was charged with resisting arrest, and also faces a state parole violation warrant, as well as four City Court bench warrants for failure to appear, and one arrest for petty larceny from a Guy Park Avenue store. He also has a pending charge in the town of Amsterdam for alleged thefts at businesses along the Route 30 corridor, police said.