Good Samaritan gets tased

BETHLEHEM — A hiker on the rail trail Sunday stopped to help an unconscious man who pulled a Taser on his resuscitator when he came to, according to a release from the Bethlehem Police.

Alexander Carp, 23, was charged on Tuesday with menacing and criminal possession of a weapon in the April 25 incident.

“The victim was out walking with friends on the rail trail when they came upon Carp who was unconscious,” said the release, which noted Carp was wearing soft body armor and a ski mask. “The victim in the case had a medical background and began rendering medical aid to Carp who did appear to have a head injury.

“As aid was being administered, Carp became more coherent and realized that police and EMS were responding to assist — at this point Carp pulled a Taser on the victim and fled the scene.”

Carp was located at his home a short time later and transported to Albany Medical Center for treatment.

Detectives from the Bethlehem Police Department executed a search warrant at Carp’s residence, seizing several items, resulting in an additional weapons charge.

Carp was arraigned in Bethlehem Town Court and held. He is on parole and is being held on a violation of parole. Carp was transported to the Albany County’s jail pending further action in this case.

— Melissa Hale-Spencer

The Altamont Enterprise is focused on hyper-local, high-quality journalism. We produce free election guides, curate readers' opinion pieces, and engage with important local issues. Subscriptions open full access to our work and make it possible.