Police: Rhinebeck ‘stranger danger’ incident was case of mistaken identity

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In Dutchess County, a suspected stranger danger incident has been determined to be a case of mistaken identity.

Police say the subject involved in the suspicious incident in the town of Rhinebeck has been identified. They say the investigation determined there was no criminality involved, and that the person involved looked similar to descriptions of the suspect in an incident in Red Hook a few weeks ago.

Police say the person they are still looking for from that incident is described as older, short, with gray facial hair possibly driving a blue Chevy pickup truck.

Police are urging parents to talk to their children about these risks. If your kids are in public, they are advised to run into a store or yell and call 911 immediately. "We should be educating our kids regardless of these incidents. Whether we're in Red Hook. Rhinebeck. Whether we're on vacation in Florida," says Red Hook Police Sgt. Patrick Hildenbrand.

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