Angry girlfriend sends male into post office


An Ulster County woman was charged with multiple felonies Tuesday after she attempted to drive her car into a male acquaintance when he took refuge in the Big Indian Post Office. The incident unfolded after Denedra L. Harkless, 32, of Oliverea Road, Big Indian reportedly had a domestic dispute with a 30-year-old male acquaintance from Brooklyn who had been visiting her. Shandaken Police said that Harkless initially used her 2004 Dodge Neon to pin the legs of the victim against a guardrail.

Police indicated that when Harkless backed her car up, the victim ran toward the post office to make a 911 call. Harkless then reportedly intentionally drove into him as he was entering the building, pushing him through the front of the building and into the lobby area.
Police said that Harkless then chased the victim with a pair of scissors. She then returned to her car and proceeded to chase the victim down the roadway in her car. When police arrived, she reportedly fled into her residence.

Shandaken police said that Harkless’ daughter, who is nearly two years old, was in the vehicle at the time of the incident.

The male victim was transported by ambulance to the Margaretville Hospital where he was treated for soft tissue damage to his knee, a sprained ankle and lacerations to his hands.
Harkless was charged with felony counts of second-degree assault and criminal mischief, two counts of second-degree menacing, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, endangering the welfare of a child, first-degree harassment and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident.
She was arraigned in Shandaken Town Court and remanded to the Ulster County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.

The Big Indian Post Office sustained several thousand dollars’ worth of damage, police said.
Assisting at the scene were Ulster County Sheriff’s Deputies, Olive Police and NYC Department of Environmental Protection Police.