Local man arrested in connection to two attempted abduction incidents

LANSINGBURGH, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Troy police have made an arrest in connection to two attempted abductions in the city.

Joseph Badger, of Lansingburgh, was arrested Wednesday night. The 25-year-old was charged with Attempted Robbery in the Third Degree, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and Unlawful Imprisonment in the Second Degree.

Police said he may have tried to prey on two 16-year-old girls Wednesday morning, attempting to abduct one of them and inappropriately touching the other. He also allegedly attempted to take the backpack off one of the girls.

One of the victims was waiting at the school bus, and the other was on her way to school. She was passing a Stewart’s Shops around 6:37 a.m. Wednesday when she said someone tried to abduct her.

An employee, who didn’t want to reveal her identity, described the scene.

“A little girl ran in there, hyperventilating and she was scared, and my co-workers were scared,” the employee said.

Ten minutes later, and four blocks away, a report of a man inappropriately touching another 16-year-old girl, who was waiting for the school bus, occurred.

The victim’s stepfather said a man kissed her on the lips.

Shortly after, police closed in on what was believed to be the suspect’s truck. They towed it away as evidence.

Parents were on edge Wednesday and arrived to the school early to pick up their kids. The Stewart’s employee who spoke with NEWS10 lives with her four kids less than a block from where the truck was found.

“That could’ve been my kids outside going to school this morning,” she said. “It could’ve been anyone’s kid. It was very scary, and to find out I know one of the parents, it was definitely scary, heartbreaking.”

“She’s shooken up and stuff like that, but thank God she’s alive,” the employee continued. “I hope they catch him ASAP. I hope so, because my kid will be stuck in the house until then.”

Police said Badger was arrested around 7:15 p.m. through the help of the victims, neighbors, city workers and surveillance video.

“Obviously, we’re very happy that he’s off the street, and the people of Lansingburgh can feel a little bit safer and a little bit better that we’ve captured the person who’s responsible for both of these incidences,” Troy Police Capt. Dan DeWolf said.

DeWolf said Badger has a criminal past and is currently on probation.

Badger will be arraigned at 8:30 a.m. Thursday in Troy City Court.

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