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Incident Leads Suffern Police To Warn About Taking Rides From Strangers

Suffern police are urging people not to accept rides from strangers, or even people they don't know well, after an incident at a rest stop on the state Thruway in Sloatsburg.
Suffern police are urging people not to accept rides from strangers, or even people they don't know well, after an incident at a rest stop on the state Thruway in Sloatsburg. Photo Credit: Suffern Police Department

SUFFERN, N.Y. -- Suffern police are warning the public to be careful who they accept rides from after an incident at a rest area on the state Thruway in Sloatsburg.

The incident, which occurred on Saturday, Feb. 13, ended well, they said, but could have had “unfortunate” results.

Without identifying any of the parties involved, police said that they were notified by state troopers to keep an eye out for a man who had asked for directions at the rest stop’s gas station.

One of the three women inside the car whispered to the attendant to call the police, they said.

A short time later, Suffern cops spotted the car on Orange Avenue and pulled the driver over.

According to what the women told police, they had accepted a ride from an unnamed upstate location to New York City, but became alarmed when they asked the driver to stop along the way and he wouldn’t.

Police did not say whether the women knew the man, or if he was a complete stranger.

Suffern police briefly detained the man for the state police and took the women to the train station so they could proceed to the city.

Police said that, to date, there are no criminal charges and it would only be speculation about what the man’s intents were.

However, they said, it remains a cautionary tale about accepting rides with people you don’t know, or don't know well.

The woman who reached out for help did the right thing by trusting her gut instincts, police said. 

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