ALBANY, N.Y. - Tuesday, the day a wounded state trooper is released from the hospital, the man accused of stabbing him is arrested by state police.
Eric Green, 18, was taken into custody near the intersection of Washington and Western Avenues in Albany Tuesday afternoon, and was then brought to State Police Troop G Headquarters in Latham.
As Green was transfered to Colonie Town Court, he complained of being freezing as he made the short walk from the building to the police car. When questioned, he denied the charges against him.
Green responded a simple "No, sir" when NEWS10 asked "Did you stab Trooper Smith?" And a simple "Yes, sir" when asked "Are these charges against you false?"
Once in court, he continued looking down as the judge read the charges against him: Aggravated Assault of a Police Officer and Robbery, both felonies, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon. He pleaded not guilty.
Green was first wanted for questioning in connection to the stabbing of Trooper Rodney Smith in the neck with a steak knife at about 3:15 p.m. Sunday at the Empire State Plaza.
Green is also accused of stealing Trooper Smith's police radio and attempting to grab his gun.
Captain Timothy Munro says there was a struggle over Smith's firearm. "The trooper did an excellent job in retaining his firearm in an effort to prevent Green from taking it."
State Police say Trooper Smith did not attempt to fire at Green, but did not say why.
Green was taken to Albany County Jail and is being held without bail.
On Tuesday, the New York State Troopers PBA with assistance from COP SHOT, Inc. offered a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the individual who stabbed the Trooper.
Police say the stabbing occurred when Smith attempted to check Green's identification when he allegedly pulled out a steak knife and stabbed Smith on the left side of his neck, police said. The suspect then grabbed Smith's portable radio before fleeing the building on foot.
Smith, a 15-year veteran of the force, used a cell phone to call for help, State Police said. He was rushed to Albany Medical Center where he underwent surgery.
He was released from the hospital Tuesday and is recovering this afternoon from severe lacerations and bruising.
Major Steven James, Troop G Commander says the stabbing was not the first encounter police had with Green, however he would not elaborate on the nature of that prior contact.
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