Hudson Tire Slasher back in court this morning

posted by Bill Williams -

22 year old Austin Willis of Greenport was back in Columbia County Court this morning, for arraignment on probation violations. The Columbia County D.A's office says, Willis admitted to violating probation, and will be re-sentenced August 6th.


Original Sentence, from Columbia County D.A's Office:

On April 1, 2016, Honorable Jonathan D .Nichols sentenced Austin Willis to five (5) years probation and ordered him to pay $8,135.06 in restitution upon his conviction by plea of Criminal Mischief in the 3rd Degree. The Hudson Police Department investigated this matter and arrested Austin Willis. The Public Defender represents Austin Willis. (SCI No. 027-16)


Original press release, from January 2016.

Press Release – New Year’s Tire Slashing

On January 1, 2016 at approximately 1:35 am, the Hudson Police Department received a 911 call from an anonymous caller who reported that she could see a suspicious subject in a black hooded sweatshirt in the municipal parking lot on the 300 block of Warren Street. Sgt. Jason Finn and Officer Jonathan Merante quickly responded to 300 block of Warren Street (Municipal Parking Lot) and located the defendant in the area of Cherry Alley and the Municipal Parking Lot with a knife in his hand. Officers gave verbal commands and there was a brief standoff. The patrol was able to take the defendant to the ground, handcuff him, and secure the knife.

A total of 46 tires were damaged, which disabled 15 vehicles. The Detective division was called in to assist with processing.

The defendant acted alone and appeared intoxicated. He gave no motive for his actions, only telling Officers that “…he was having a bad year”.

Arrested was Austin Willis, 20 years old of Greenport.

The charges were:

(1)ct Criminal Mischief 2 ; D Felony

(1)ct Criminal Possession Weapon 4; A Misdemeanor

Willis was additionally charged with Unlawful Possession Alcohol, Open Container, and unlawful possession marihuana.

Willis was arraigned by Judge Connor and remanded to Columbia County Jail in lieu of $10,000. Cash / $10,000. Bond returnable to Hudson City Court on 1/5/16.

“I highly commend the veteran Sgt Finn and my brand new Officer Merante. We have all read recently how these types of situations can turn ugly fast. My Officers used their tactical training, level headedness, and personal bravery to control this situation. This was Officer Merante’s third day on patrol, and he confronted an irrational, non-compliant, man with a knife. This kind of police work reflects well on our Department. Another key to this case was the citizen who observed something unusual, and called us. It was another great example of how we can work together.” Chief Moore

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