Police in the upstate New York city of Hudson smashed a car window Friday morning, believing they were valiant heroes rescuing a senior citizen whom a passerby said had "frozen to death."
The Hudson Police Department said in a press release that it "received a call from a very upset citizen who stated that she discovered an elderly woman 'frozen to death' in her Subaru parked along City Hall Place, Hudson. Officers, and the Greenport Rescue Squad were immediately dispatched."
The press release continues, "Officers arrived minutes later and observed an elderly woman seated in the passenger seat wearing an oxygen mask. She was not moving and was unresponsive. It was bitterly cold, (around 8 degrees) and the car had snow cover, indicating it may have been parked there overnight."
But officers quickly determined that the oxygen mask-wearing woman was not dead, nor was she frozen. In fact, she wasn't even a woman.
"An HPD Sergeant broke the rear passenger window and opened the door to discover it was an extremely realistic life-sized mannequin," according to the press release.
The mannequin wore clothing and glasses, and had teeth, skin and blemishes on its face.
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