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Police: Man, 53, attempted to steal police car after arrest for attempted robbery


RENSSELAER, N.Y. – A South Glens Falls man faces a slew of charges after he attempted to flee officers in a stolen unmarked police vehicle.

Rensselaer Police responded to the Xtramart at 9 Third Ave. on Sunday for a silent hold-up alarm. They were told by employees that a man came in, stated he had a gun, and demanded cash. The cashier went to get her manager, and the man fled in a black mustang.

Patrol officers later found the vehicle and suspect at the boat launch on Forbes Avenue where they saw the man trying to car jack an occupied vehicle. The officers chased the man and took him into custody.

John T. Harris, 53, from South Glens Falls, was placed inside the patrol car while officers conducted a vehicle inventory of the car he had been driving. While they were occupied, Harris was able to get his arms up over his head and in front of him. Still handcuffed, he tampered with the rear door of the car in an attempt to escape. He then jumped into an unmarked police vehicle and attempted to drive away, but the officers were able to pull him from the car.

An investigation found that the 2012 black mustang Harris was driving was stolen from the City of Albany and Rensselaer Police did not find any weapons in his procession.

Harris is charged with the following:

  • Attempted Robbery 1st-Degree, a class C felony
  • Attempted Grand Larceny 4th-Degree, a class A misdemeanor
  • Attempted Robbery 2nd-Degree of a motor vehicle, a class C felony
  • Escape from jail/custody, a class E felony
  • Attempted Grand Larceny 4th-Degree, a class E felony
  • Grand Larceny 3rd-Degree, a class D felony
  • Resisting Arrest, a class A misdemeanor
  • Obstruction of Governmental Administration 2nd-Degree, a class A misdemeanor
  • Criminal Mischief Intent to Damage Property, a class A misdemeanor

Harris was arraigned in Rensselaer City Court on the charges listed and was remanded to Rensselaer County Jail without bail and is due back in Rensselaer City Court on May 1 at 8:30 a.m.

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