Police: Walden man breaks into home, is beaten by 14-year-old resident during home invasion

Hudson police say 31-year-old Matthew McNamara, from Walden, broke into the home of a family he didn’t know on Sept. 30 at Hudson Terrace Apartments in Hudson, New York.

Blaise Gomez

Oct 5, 2023, 12:20 PM

Updated 281 days ago

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A Walden man is in Columbia County Jail after a violent home invasion in Hudson, New York last month.
Hudson police say 31-year-old Matthew McNamara, from Walden, broke into the home of a family he didn’t know on Sept. 30 at Hudson Terrace Apartments in Hudson, New York
Police say McNamara knocked on the door and forcibly entered the residence of a woman and her children. Authorities say, McNamara began smashing property, attacking the victim, and tried to drag her outside with her children and a friend present.
The victim’s 14-year-old son defended her with a baseball bat, according to police.
Officials say they received a 911 call from someone reporting an altercation near 15 South Front St. and encountered the frightened family and the injured suspect when they arrived.
Authorities say McNamara had been on an Amtrak train 45 minutes before the home invasion and was removed from the train by Amtrak police for reasons that were not specified.
McNamara was taken to the hospital for injuries that are not life-threatening due to being struck with the baseball bat during the incident and was arrested.
He is charged with burglary, assault, criminal mischief, and endangering the welfare of a child. He is being held on $5,000 cash bail, $20,000 bond and $20,000 partially secured bond.


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