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Putnam Man Violates Protection Order After Domestic Incident, Police Say

Philipstown resident William Wooster is facing multiple felony charges.
Philipstown resident William Wooster is facing multiple felony charges. Photo Credit: New York State Police

A Putnam County man is facing felony charges for intimidating a witness after allegedly threatening to harm a woman and her child if she didn’t follow his orders saying he was innocent.

On Thursday, state police announced that Philipstown resident William Wooster, 26, was facing additional charges after attempting to allegedly coerce his victim not to testify in an upcoming court case regarding an assault charge that was levied against him last month.

According to police, on Friday, March 3, Wooster met his victim at Walmart in Fishkill, violating an order of protection. He then proceeded to order his victim not to testify in an upcoming court case following his arrest last month for assaulting her.

Police said that Wooster threatened to harm his victim and her child if she did not follow his orders. He later coerced his victim to sign a document stating that he did not injure her during the domestic dispute last month. Wooster was arrested on Sunday, March 5 following reports of another domestic dispute.

Wooster was charged with felony counts of first-degree criminal contempt and third-degree intimidating a victim or witness. He was also charged with menacing, a misdemeanor. He was arraigned in Town of LaGrange Court and remanded to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash bail $40,000 bond.

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