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Man attempts to kidnap victim

Witnesses report he held a gun to her head

GLOVERSVILLE — A city man was taken into custody over the weekend when he allegedly attempted to kidnap a woman at gunpoint at a local bar.

Christopher G. Betor, 47, of 45 Park St., was charged with second-degree attempted kidnapping and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, both felonies, after being taken into custody by city police on Sunday at approximately 2:25 a.m. at 97 S. Main St.

Lt. Brad Schaffer, public information officer for the Gloversville Police Department, confirmed on Monday that the incident took place inside of Rocky’s Tavern while the bar was still open in the early morning hours on Sunday.

Police were called to the scene by bar patrons who observed Betor make contact with another patron inside of the bar before attempting to coerce the female victim to leave the building with him by use of a handgun.

According to the felony complaint filed in City Court against Betor by city police on Sunday, Betor had in his possession a Colt 1911 semi-automatic pistol that he held to the victim’s head as he demanded that the individual leave with him.

According to Schaffer, responding officers were able to take Betor into custody on the scene without incident and without the use of force. Police believe the incident was random in nature.

The handgun used in the incident was recovered by police who are now investigating the origin of the firearm and how it came into Betor’s possession.

According to the felony complaint signed by police, Betor was previously convicted of a felony in Montgomery County Court in May 1996 for driving while intoxicated after a previous conviction offense within 10 years. Due to the prior felony conviction, Betor could not lawfully possess a firearm under state and federal law.

Betor was arraigned on the charges he now faces in City Court before Judge Traci DiMezza on Sunday where he was remanded to the custody of the Fulton County Correctional Facility in lieu of bail set at $15,000 cash or $50,000 bond.

According to jail officials, Betor was released from custody on Sunday after posting a bail bond. Betor’s next appearance in City Court is scheduled on Sept. 21 at 9 a.m.

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