Rhinebeck man is charged with tresspass, setting dog on officer

RHINEBECK — A village man faces charges that he trespassed at the Day Top Center, fled from police, and attempted to release his dog toward a police officer.

Rhinebeck town police said Warren T. Sigrist, 51, of South Parsonage Street, was found by Day Top staff inside one of the center’s residential buildings on Sunday, and, when confronted, said he was looking for a phone to call a tow truck.

When staff said they would call 911, police said, Sigrist left, climbed into his truck, and drove off.

Police said Sigrist, who was located exiting his truck at his home, told a police officer he had been at Day Top Center but would not cooperate further.

Sigrist then “attempted to evade the officer,” going inside his home against the officer’s order to stay outside, police said. He was subdued by a Taser and taken into custody when he tried to “release his dog towards the officer,” police said.

Police said they found a loaded 20-gauge shotgun, which Sigrist used for deer hunting, in his vehicle.

Sigrist was charged with the misdemeanors of criminal trespass, obstruction of governmental administration, and carrying a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, police said. He was issued an appearance ticket for Rhinebeck Town Court.