Sheriff detains suspect for marijuana and false report
Putnam County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man from Orange County twice on Nov. 28 in Philipstown.
At 8:44 a.m., a deputy sheriff said he smelled marijuana after stopping a speeding motorist on Route 9D. Kyle B. Hetman, 18, of Fort Montgomery, was arrested and charged with possession, a violation. He was processed at the scene and released pending a Dec. 19 date at the Town of Philipstown Justice Court.
At 11:31 a.m., Hetman made a report to the Sheriff’s Department concerning a burglary in progress at a residence in Philipstown. Hetman told investigators that earlier that morning, while acting as the caretaker of the home of a friend, he encountered a man inside the residence. Hetman said the intruder assaulted him and fled into the woods.
A number of law enforcement agencies responded, including the New York State Police, Cold Spring police, MTA Police and Westchester County police, and K9 units and a helicopter were dispatched.
After being questioned about inconsistencies in his story, police say Hetman admitted to fabricating it. He was arrested and charged with falsely reporting an incident and making a false written statement, both misdemeanors. He was released pending a Dec. 13 date at the Town of Carmel Justice Court.