ALBANY, N.Y. – The 18-year-old suspect in the stabbing of a trooper at the Empire State Plaza on Sunday has been indicted by a grand jury.
District Attorney P. David Soares announced Friday that Eric Green, 18, of Albany, was indicted by an Albany County Grand Jury on charges of one Count of Felony Attempted Murder in the 1st-Degree, one Count of Felony Assault in the 1st-Degree, one Count of Felony Aggravated Assault Upon a Police Officer, and two Counts of felony Robbery in the 1st-Degree.
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.
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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