N.Y. Police Officer Dragged by Car of Man Accused of Taking Upskirt Photos

Feb. 8, 2024
A Syracuse police officer was dragged by a vehicle and bitten in the face by a dog while trying to apprehend a man who allegedly took photos up women's skirts.

SYRACUSE, NY — A man suspected of taking photos up women’s skirts in Syracuse Tuesday dragged a police officer as he tried to flee in a vehicle, authorities said.

Thomas B. Crudo, 30, ignored police as they directed him to leave his Jeep Compass in the 200 block of Marshall Street, police said in a criminal complaint filed in city court.

Crudo reversed the Jeep, dragging an officer with the vehicle and striking a parked car, police said. Crudo then drove forward and hit another parked car, they said.

Crudo continued to drag the officer as he reversed and drove forward two more times.

A dog inside the vehicle also bit the officer’s face, according to the court papers. He was taken to Upstate University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Crudo was suspected of taking inappropriate photos of people around 3:07 p.m. in the area of 1100 E. Genesee St. Police found him on Marshall Street about an hour later.

Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said Crudo was reportedly taking pictures up women’s skirts.

Crudo was charged with second-degree unlawful surveillance, obstruction of governmental administration, resisting arrest, tampering with physical evidence and aggravated assault, according to Onondaga County Justice Center records.

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