Alleged kidnapping attempt on hiking trail while out on bail leads to indictment for New York man


PITTSFIELD — A New York man who police say tried to kidnap a woman on a Stockbridge hiking trail last month while he was out on bail for charges of attempted rape was indicted Aug. 8 in Berkshire Superior Court.

Andrew Gombar, 34, of Chatham, was indicted on kidnapping and assault and battery charges stemming from a July 2 incident at Olivia's Overlook, in which a woman told Lenox police she escaped Gombar after she had fought him off on the trail as he tried to drag her into the woods.

Police caught up with Gombar later that day while he was driving, and upon arresting him, the officer said he had found a large knife in a holster on his hip.

Gombar's $200,000 bail was revoked after a dangerousness hearing, and he remains in custody while awaiting trial.

At the time of the incident, Gombar was out on bail for allegations that in January, he threatened to rape a woman outside a Great Barrington convenience store.

In this separate case, Gombar is also awaiting trial on charges of assault to rape, assault and battery and threat to commit a crime.

Gombar's next pretrial hearing for both sets of charges is set for 2 p.m. Oct. 25 in Berkshire Superior Court.

<em>Heather Bellow can be reached at or on Twitter @BE_hbellow and 413-329-6871</em>



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