TROY, N.Y. – A Troy man has been indicted for attempted murder Wednesday after police say he stabbed another man while the victim was sitting in his car.
Troy Police say the stabbing happened around 5 p.m. on Monday while the victim was sitting in his car on 4th Avenue. That is when police say 39-year-old Marlon Francis approached the victim who was known to him and offered a handshake before he repeatedly stabbed the victim in the car.
The victim then fled from the suspect by driving several blocks away before crashing into a fence. Following the crash, the victim ran to 5th Avenue and contacted police. He was then taken by EMS to Albany Medical Center where he was found to be in critical condition because a stab wound was close to the carotid artery. However, police say the surgery was a success and the victim is expected to recover.
Troy police say they began searching locations they believed the suspect would be and eventually located him on Wednesday morning. Officers say they noticed a subject with a "copious amount of hair" leaving the area of a target location.
Although the man did not match the original description of the suspect, the man, identified as Francis, was questioned by officers and taken into custody without incident.
Police say the hair was in fact a wig worn by the suspect.
Francis is facing the charge of Attempted Murder in the 2nd-degree. He was arraigned in Troy Police Court on Wednesday morning and pleaded not guilty.
Several people in court told NEWS10 ABC the stabbing was in connection to an ongoing domestic dispute. They say Francis had been stalking his ex-girlfriend, who he has a child with, over the past year. Family members say the man who was stabbed was a friend of the ex.
"It appears as though there is some kind of a domestic element to this," says Troy Police Captain Dan Dewolf. "The victim was definitely targeted. It wasn't some random act. And there is quite a bit of cases involving Francis. He's been involved in quite a few domestic incidents here."'
Francis is due back in court later this week.