Two desperate 911 calls – including one from a woman who was kidnapped and assaulted – led to the arrest of her husband, who was ordered to stay away from her, according to the New York State Police.
Seth A. Brooks, 40, of Brunswick is now charged with a laundry list for violating a Rensselaer County Family Court stay away order of protection. It includes: Resisting Arrest, Unlawful Fleeing in a Motor Vehicle, Kidnapping, Aggravated Criminal Contempt (both felonies) and Criminal Obstruction of Breathing.
On Monday, July 14, Brooks dragged his wife out of their Cortland Street home and into his vehicle where he threatened to kill her, police said. Brooks then drove around with her and wound up in the parking lot of the Troy Plaza on Hoosick Street where he started to beat her until a Good Samaritan stepped in to confront him, police said.
Brooks took off onto Alt. Route 7 crossing the Collar City Bridge while the Samaritan called Rensselaer County 911, police said. A short time later, New York State Police received what was described as a frantic 911 call from the woman while Brooks was driving. She was able to provide the dispatchers with her location while she was being hit by Brooks, police said.
State Police patrols found Brooks on the Northway northbound near Crossgates Mall and there was a chase, safely ended around Exit 4. The victim was treated by Colonie EMS and taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Brooks was arraigned in Brunswick Court by Town Justice Robert Schmidt and sent to the Rensselaer County Jail without bail.