GREEN ISLAND, N.Y. – An Albany County investigator was assaulted by a Troy man while on duty Friday.
Green Island police said Investigator William Rice was intentionally rammed from the rear by a vehicle being driven by 29-year-old James Vincent Knowles of Troy while Rice was sitting stationary on Lower Hudson Avenue. Rice was in a marked patrol car at the time.
Knowles then left his vehicle, approached Rice and assaulted the officer. Knowles attempted to take Rice’s duty weapon during the attack, according to police.
Police said Rice was able to ward off the attack. A passing motorist and a state trooper, who happened to be in the area, also assisted, and Knowles was taken into custody.
Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said Rice is a full-time investigator for Albany County who also works part-time for the Green Island Police Department.
Rice was taken to Albany Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries. He was later released.
It is unknown why Knowles suddenly attacked Rice. State Police crash investigators spent most of the evening diagramming the scene.
Knowles was arrested and charged with Vehicular Assault in the Second Degree, Assault in the First Degree and Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree. He was arraigned in the Town of Green Island Court and remanded to the Albany County Correctional Facility without bail.
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