Dunkirk man pleads guilty to attempted kidnapping | News, Sports, Jobs


A 44-year-old Dunkirk man has pleaded guilty to a second-degree attempted kidnapping charge, Erie County District Attorney John Flynn announced Wednesday.

Hiram R. Rivera pleaded before Acting State Supreme Court Justice Debra Givens.

On June 8, 2021, Rivera and another individual were at the home of a Silver Creek woman. The Dunkirk man was wanted by police in connection with a crime that occurred earlier in the morning in Chautauqua County.

When the victim told Rivera the police were looking for him, the prosecutor’s office said Rivera attempted to abduct the woman by forcing her at gunpoint out of her apartment and into her vehicle.

The vehicle involved then rammed another vehicle on Route 438 near Versailles Plank Road in the town of Collins.

Rivera allegedly dragged the woman out of the vehicle while armed with a hammer and what appeared to be a pistol and held her against her will in a nearby wooded area.

After nearly three hours of hostage negotiations, Rivera surrendered and the victim was unharmed. Investigators recovered a pellet gun after Rivera’s arrest.

Rivera faces up to 15 years in prison when sentenced on June 7. He also has criminal charges pending in Chautauqua County related to the incident.

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