2012-04-12 / Front Page

Massive manhunt after child thought kidnapped

Woman pushed from car; man flees
Eric Gross

 What began as a domestic dispute between a Carmel man and his wife turned ugly Tuesday when Jeffrey Hanlon was accused of pushing his wife out of the family's vehicle as it traveled along Route 202 at Route 100 in Croton Falls.

Somers State Police said while the victim lay on the pavement, the 41-year-old resident of Croton Falls Road reportedly fled the scene with the couple's 18-month old daughter seated in the rear of the vehicle.

Several 9-1-1 calls were received at the Putnam Emergency Dispatch Center in Carmel since the reported incident occurred less than a quarter-mile from the Putnam County line.

State troopers from Brewster and Somers rushed to the scene as did members of the Carmel Police Department, North Salem Police Department and Putnam County Sheriff's Department personnel.

An All Points Bulletin was issued for the wanted silver colored vehicle on police frequencies throughout the entire region.

Senior Investigator Patrick Bosley told the Courier since a child was involved in an apparent abduction an Amber Alert was issued.

As police frantically searched for the vehicle, North Salem Volunteer Ambulance Corps personnel transported the woman to Putnam Hospital Center where according to Bosley she was treated in the emergency room and was later released.

Following 45 anxious minutes, Hanlon was taken into custody in the Bronx by State Police. He reportedly advised the troopers that the baby had been dropped off at a relative's home in Carmel.

Carmel Police went to the undisclosed location where a relieved Officer Thomas Johanson radioed a message to his police desk: "The baby is OK. I have the child!"

Hanlon was returned to the Somers State Police barracks and was charged with assault—2nd degree—a Class C felony carrying a maximum 15 year state prison term if found guilty.


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