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CLIFTON PARK — A man who is the focus of an intense manhunt after, police said, he abducted a child from a Tallow Wood Road home early Friday was accused of burglary and stalking earlier this year after he allegedly broke into a Halfmoon home while his estranged wife and her child hid in an upstairs bathroom.
State Police said Friday that while Nivaldo P. Oliveira was inside the home in February, he disconnected a surveillance camera and left before troopers arrived. He was arrested later and charged with second-degree burglary, a felony, and stalking, a misdemeanor. Under New York state’s bail reforms, Oliveira, 41, was released from custody after his arrest in the Feb. 12 incident.
His name resurfaced again early Friday when police issued an Amber Alert accusing him of snatching 9-year-old Gustavo Oliveira from the Clifton Park home.
So far, State Police will not say if the early morning abduction of the boy is connected to the earlier incident in nearby Halfmoon.
State Police say they fear Oliveira might harm the boy and himself.
Troopers said the boy was taken by Oliveiras at about 1 a.m. Troopers have not described the relationship of the boy and his alleged abductor.
“The child was taken under circumstances that lead police to believe that they are in imminent danger of serious bodily harm and/or death,” troopers said in the alert.
At about 11 a.m., State Police searched the area around Tivoli Lake in Albany but it was not immediately clear if the search was part of the effort to find Gustavo.
The boy is approximately 4-foot-8 and weighs about 100 pounds. He was last seen wearing orange shorts and a red T-shirt, police said. The vehicle that the boy is traveling in is unknown at this time.
Nivaldo Oliveira stands approximately 6 foot and weighs about 190 pounds. He has short black hair and brown eyes.
Neighbors says that the boy was frequently seen biking and playing in the yard near the row of town houses. One neighbor, Lindsey Ascioti, said that the family kept to themselves and she didn’t know them well.
“They have a lot of cars and people going in and out,” Ascioti said. “We don’t pay to much attention with what’s going on.”
Another neighbor, Louann O’Toole, said she didn’t know the boy but hoped that he is safe.
“I hope he is reunited with his mother soon,” she said.
Anyone with information to share can call State Police at (866)N Y S-AMBER or dial 911 to provide information or a sighting.
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