Two subjects have been arrested in a local stalking case involving a victim with Tourette's syndrome.
According to Dunkirk Police, Ryan J. Hudson, 18, and Matthew Colon, 18, both of Dunkirk, were charged with stalking in the fourth degree, a Class B misdemeanor.
Hudson and Colon allegedly stalked the victim in their vehicle around several streets while the victim was riding his bicycle. The subjects are scheduled for arraignment in City Court on Nov. 19.
"This type of behavior is unacceptable and we urge anyone who witnesses this kind of activity to contact the Dunkirk Police Depart-ment immediately when it is happening," Police Chief David Ortolano stated. "We are sending the message that this will not be tolerated and arrests will be made when at all possible."
Under state law, a person is guilty of stalking in the fourth degree when he or she intentionally, and for no legitimate purpose, engages in a course of conduct directed at a specific person, and knows or reasonably should know that such conduct is likely to cause reasonable fear of material harm to the physical health, safety or property of such person.
The Dunkirk Police Department was assisted in the investigation by the Chautauqua County
District Attorney's Office.