FIRST ONLINE

Would-be kidnapper foiled by heroes of a different sort

Posted

Firefighters may have saved the day once again — but in the most unlikely way.

Members of Ladder 52 on Henry Hudson Parkway foiled an alleged attempted kidnapping Wednesday of a 12-year-old girl, who was waiting for the bus nearby.

She was standing there when a man in a black SUV pulled up to her and tried to lure her inside, according to the New York Police Department.

The man never had a chance to touch her, however, because the girl ran to Ladder 52, where firefighters quickly listened to her story, and walked out to the parkway to investigate, according to reports. There, they found a 2008 Toyota Rav-4. As they approached it, however, the driver tried to speed off, only to slam into a parked school bus.

No one was hurt, however.

Still, despite some maneuvering by the firefighters to block the SUV’s path with their trucks, the alleged would-be kidnapper got away, police said, but not before those firefighters got a glimpse of his license plate number.

Police later arrested Jeremy Goldberg, 28, at his home in Scarsdale. He was charged with luring a child in order to commit a crime, reckless endangerment for taking off and hitting a school bus, and fleeing the scene of a crash.

Comments

10 comments on this story | Please log in to comment by clicking here
Please log in or register to add your comment
TruthTeller

It is being reported all over the alt media that this is the same Jeremy Goldberg who was a co-founder of Generation Obama, the young professionals arm of the Obama campaign. As well, it is reported that he is a top donor to Democrats. Is this true? Would the Riverdale Press please follow up on this? The public has a right to know.

Friday, December 1
Michael Hinman

Unless this person was allegedly committing this crime while exercising duties as a member of an organization, it would be impertinent to the story.

Whenever someone gets arrested for a crime that does not involve government or elections, we do not go and see who they donated money to, and what political groups they are a part of.

There's also no evidence that we are talking about the same person, outside of someone who has a similar common name and is active in the NYC area.

FYI ... you might say that I have a rather uncommon name. Not totally rare or anything, but certainly not one you see all the time. Yet, I can tell you while I lived in Florida, there were six other people who shared my name. There's also a journalist (or was a journalist, I'm not sure) living in Alaska who went by name.

We don't just go out and start randomly connecting names based on Google searches. And then, we would only do that if it were pertinent to the story.

Something you should keep in mind: Doing bad things (or allegedly doing bad things) is not blind to party or political beliefs. It happens on all sides, all party affiliations, etc. So pointing out political leanings, unless it was somehow directly related to the alleged crime, is unnecessary. And those comments do not belong here.

Friday, December 1
TruthTeller

Oh come now, we both know this is the same guy.. But Ok, for the sake of argument I'll believe that you are one of the last holdouts of true Journalistic integrity, but I find it very hard to believe that if the situation were reversed and Trump's director and founder of Young Professionals for Trump was caught trying to lure a 12 year old in their car that this wouldn't be national headline news. At the very least I would imagine your newspaperman instincts would be kicking in here. After all, to most people, the fact that this is a major Democrat and former fairly high-level Obama worker would be very relevant to the discussion, especially given so many notable perverts in the Democratic camp in the news recently. One couldn't ask for a more relevant angle to the story. It's like a gift Michael, handed to you in your lap.

Saturday, December 2
Michael Hinman

Mr. Teller:

I am not sure how many times or ways you need me to explain it. I don't care if he was the top fundraiser for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump — unless that information is relevant to this news story, it is not included in this news story. If you wish to take other news outlets to task, that is your prerogative. But please do not presume to know what I would and wouldn't do, if you have nothing to base that presumption on.

My statements responding to your claims hold true no matter WHAT his political beliefs or where his support went.

If you wish to talk conspiracy and make assumptions, there are many places on the internet you can do that. The comments on stories on this site? Not one of them. So please keep that in mind.

And I'm sorry, let's say your statements were true ... someone who was involved in localized fundraising is not a "major" Democrat or Republican, and is not a "high-level" official in any administration. So let's please take a deep breath.

Saturday, December 2
TruthTeller

Never once stated he is a "high level official". I said he is a top democrat donor and a high level Obama "worker," which in his role as head of Young Professionals For Obama he was. He was one of Obama's main people on the ground. And the reason it is relevant is because this is happening in context of many other top Democrats or Democrat supporters being busted for their sexual perversions. This Goldberg story is part and parcel with all those others and as such shows the public a continuation of a pattern. I agree that if no other prominent leftist was busted recently for rape, unwanted sexual groping, child molestation (Kevin Spacey) or any other perversion that there would be no story here. But I would imagine any intrepid newspaper man would want to try to extract everything from this story, and the fact that this is a muckety muck in the Democrat party is a big deal to me and potentially millions of other Americans. Plus, again, if the role was reversed and Trumps head of "Young Professionals for Trump" was caught trying to lure and kidnap a 12 year old girl that this would be major news. After all, the fake stories coming out about Flynn that Brian Ross was just suspended for over at ABC somehow made it to the evening news. Why not this story? Especially, again, in light of the exposed perversion of Franken's, Spacey's, Weinstein's, Epstein's, Lauer's and, CK's, Conyers and Clinton's of the world. In fact, I've rarely seen a newspaper man make the contortions you have to justify not going with this story.

Sunday, December 3
Michael Hinman

Mr. Teller:

He is not a "high-level worker" either, if what you say is true.

I also find it interesting that when you talk about "perversions," you seem to only believe it's happening on one side of the political spectrum, and not on all sides of it. Last time I checked, the issues that are finally starting to come to light are not one that any party can lay exclusive claim to (or claim they are without). So to continue to comment that these issues are one-sided politically is disingenuous — in the most polite way that can be said.

I'm glad you found something unique with me. I pride myself for not being like others, and by pushing for what I feel is correct and fair, no matter what conspiracy theories a couple of people would like me to explore.

I prefer to stick with facts, and relevant facts at that. And with that, I have fully responded to your statements, so have a great day!

Sunday, December 3
Michael Hinman

Mr. Teller:

I also ask that you please stick with actual facts if you are going to bring "facts" to this discussion.

Brian Ross was suspended for not vetting one story through appropriate channels. And it's not that it was a "fake story," it was that the information reported came after the election, not before.

I disagreed with ABC's original approach of issuing a clarification, but agree with the change to a correction.

Corrections and clarifications come from a number of sources, sometimes at the fault of the reporter, sometimes at the fault of the source. But when we issue a clarification or correction, however, unless the source of the error is pertinent, we don't share where the error was made — only that it was made, and this is how it's been corrected.

One of the issues I (and others) have with the 24-hour news cycle is that sometimes reporters, in an effort to be first, rush out a story before it's been fully vetted. There are appropriate channels that a news story is run through, even at the community newspaper level, and that reporting did not go through those channels.

No one is perfect, but then again, no one has ever asked anyone to be perfect. Only that if they do make a mistake, they correct it fully and promptly.

Have a great day!

Sunday, December 3
TruthTeller

ah, the old "our perverts are better than your perverts" argument!

Listen, no one would agree with you more than me regarding the filth and perversion in the Republican party. I've been highly aware of all those stories and allegations since about 2000 when I read "The Franklin Cover Up" which named George Bush Sr as a high level pervert (and it has come out recently that his hands were wandering where they shouldn't have gone, but those stories are nothing compared to what was alleged in the Franklin book.). And of course there are many others too, like Hastert. Roy Moore I won't count because his accusers are all now being exposed as political operatives and/or known liars.

But the fact is, the vast majority of the sleaze being publicized right now is happening amongst high level Democrats, Democrat donors and Democrat sympathizers, so this Goldberg story is very relevant given that context. Anyhow, once again the alt media is all over it while the mainstream legacy media either ignores the story or doesn't even do the basic research to find out who these people are. All I did was a simple google search to find out this sick persons bonafides.

And I love your contortions about the Brian Ross story. No, it was a fake news story. One doesn't get incredibly relevant basic facts like that wrong. They even broke into regular programming on ABC to report it! Laughable. Why the left is keeping up with this insanely transparent lie is beyond me. Love him or hate him, Trump is the president, and I am very glad he wanted to open up dialogue with Russia. You see, unlike the left, which has turned into Joe McCarthy's heir apparent, those of us on the conservative/libertarian right have no problem with Russia or Putin and want to be allies with Russia. In fact, Putin is incredibly smart and I wish we had someone like him as our leader. While the USA was draining it's financial and human resources fighting these B.S wars for the miltary-industrial-Wall Street complex, Putin was out there making deals and doing business with the world. He is also the only one who was seriously fighting the US-Israel-Saudi creation called ISIS. There's no wonder the world is pivoting east right now, leaving us behind. And please don't start with me about Putin's supposed "human rights record," because all I'll do is throw back in your face Obama's historical legacy with regards to human rights........and given his propensity for surveillance, war and drone murder, it wasn't pretty!

Monday, December 4
Michael Hinman

Mr. Teller:

But that is your argument. You have made a few anonymous comments where you highlight the claims against left-leaning officials, but seem to ignore the right. It is not an argument that I am putting forward — considering I am not doing a left vs. right — I am making it clear that this issue is not blind to political beliefs.

If you wish to talk about those issues, that is fine. But if you are going to act as if it's somehow unique to a certain political belief, that's where you're going to get called out.

And here is something you should remember — at least as far as I am concerned, there is a difference between how the political sides are dealing with these issues. One side is calling these people to the carpet and holding them accountable. The other side says it's up to the voters. Let me know how that works out.

No one can be responsible for the actions of another. So if I like yogurt, and someone else likes yogurt, too, and he ends up being caught up in these harassment scandals, that doesn't affect me — except how I treat him in the yogurt community. I'm not responsible for his actions, but I am certainly responsible for my response.

I am not going to argue the Ross story here, because it's off-topic. I've made it clear what the correction was. Either accept it or don't.

Have a great day.

Monday, December 4
Justineugene

This person is a tennis pro in the white plains area, not involvement in politics or government.

Saturday, December 9