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State Police at Liberty arrest Fugitive from New Jersey


October 14, 2011

The New York State Police in Liberty announce the arrest on 10/11/11, of, age 55, Passaic, NJ as a fugitive from justice on warrants from the State of New Jersey. The charges against DONABERGER in New Jersey are as follows: Kidnapping 1st degree, custodial interference 2nd degree and larceny 3rd degree.

This arrest came as a result of the City of Passaic Police Dept. contacting State Police in Liberty to check the Claryville area for the suspect and a ten year old male child who was reported missing. It was known that the suspect had camped in this area with the child previously as he resides with and is a close friend of the child’s family. The vehicle reported to have been stolen by DONABERGER, a green Plymouth voyager, was located by patrols at a local store in Claryville. Interviews of local residents provided verification that the child and suspect had been seen in the area.

A search of the wooded area utilizing State Police Aviation, and a State Police K9 unit resulted in locating both parties in a wooded area on Red Hill Road in the Town of Denning, Uster County. The child was located in good health. The two had been staying in a tent since Monday.

DONABERGER was arraigned by Village of Ellenville Justice Matt Parker and committed to Ulster County Jail on no bail, pending extradition to New Jersey. The child was turned over to officials from Passaic, NJ.