Police Rescue ‘Frozen to Death’ Woman in NY – But What Was the Real Story?


Police in New York on Friday scrambled to save a woman described as “frozen to death” in a parked car in the city of Hudson, NY. Officers rushed to the area in a desperate race against the clock, with a sergeant breaking the vehicle’s rear window, only to find that the “woman” was in fact a mannequin.

The car’s owner, who was “incredulous” that cops broke into his car, said he uses mannequin to sell medical training aids.

Police were alerted to the mannequin by a “very upset” caller who said an elderly woman wearing an oxygen mask appeared to be trapped in the car. The extremely realistic mannequin was made to resemble an old woman with every detail imaginable, all the way down to skin blemishes and glasses. “Just to clear the record, all citizens of Hudson should be put on notice that if you park your locked vehicle on the street on a sub-zero night with a life size realistic mannequin seated in it … we will break your window,” Police Chief L. Edward Moore said in a statement. Read more at TIMES UNION OF ALBANY.



  1. This story just goes to prove that the police systems in our cities and towns are broken. For this alleged frozen person, they smash the window, but if there is a minority individual driving suspiciously, they refuse to pull him over for fear of being accused of racism. They are not allowed to check his trunk for narcotics because they don’t have a search warrant.

  2. he shouldn’t have left it in plain view. the police did the right thing, they were trying to save someone’s life. why on earth would they everthink it was a mannequin?

  3. To those who say the mannequin should not have been on the passenger’s seat: given what happened with it looking like an old lady buckled to the seat and in no particular distress, can you imagine the calls “murdered woman in trunk” or “lying on the back seat” or “the car floor” and police rushing to arrest the car owner, and perhaps shooting at him when he – understandably – acts annoyed and shocked. One can get killed before even figuring out why.

    Note: police did not apologize for the broken window, much less did they offer to pay.


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