The New York State Police responded to a 911 call in Kingston last week and arrested a man who kidnapped three children and held them hostage.
On March 4, 2022, at approximately 6:37 p.m., Ulster County 911 received a phone call from a male who stated he was holding subjects hostage at the Rodeway Inn, 239 Forest Hill Drive in the Town of Ulster.
An investigation by the State Police revealed that 29-year old Kingston resident Scipio D. Dubois was holding three children, ages 4, 2 and 1 years-old, without permission and against their parent’s will in a room at the inn.
New York State Police investigators trained in negotiations made telephone contact with Dubois, but he refused to release the children or to exit the room. The New York State Police Special Operations Response Team (SORT) made entry into the room and safely extracted the children.
Dubois was arrested and charged with Kidnapping 2nd (B Felony), Unlawful Imprisonment 1st (E Felony), Endangering the Welfare of a Child (A Misdemeanor), and Menacing 3rd (B Misdemeanor). He was arraigned at the Town of Ulster Court and remanded to Ulster County Jail. The State Police were assisted by the Town of Ulster Police Department, Ulster County Sheriff’s Department and Ulster County Mobile Mental Health.