ALBANY, N.Y. – State Police and Albany Police officials are searching for 18-year-old Eric Green for questioning in conjunction with the assault and stabbing of a state trooper which occurred on Sunday afternoon on the concourse of the Empire State Plaza.
Green's current address is unknown but he does have ties to the Grand Street area in the City of Albany. Officials are asking anyone who might have seen him or know of his whereabouts to contact 518-474-5330 with any information.
A person in that neighborhood who claims to know Green described him as mentally unstable.
"He's very irate," Ronald Miles told NEWS10. "He's very dangerous. He's lonely and he's hurt and he's confused. And he's reaching out to people in a different way - in a violent way."
Trooper Rodney L. Smith, who was stabbed in the line of duty at Empire State Plaza is currently in stable condition at Albany Medical Center Hospital and is expected to fully recover.
Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings visited Smith in the emergency department shortly after the attack.
"I felt it was my responsibility to go down there," Jennings said Monday. "I had met him before. It's like anyone in law enforcement: they need support at a very difficult time. Thank God he is alright."
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who also visited Smith in the hospital, said the attack is a reminder of the dangers faced by first responders.
"They literally put their lives on the line every day," Cuomo said at a press conference Monday. "The sacrifice that they make, and truly the heroism that they show, are really extraordinary.
Anyone with information on Green, the man sought for questioning, is asked to call New York State Police at 518-474-5330.