Gloversville residents say they’ve been concerned about an apartment where a man was allegedly held captive for quite some time.
It happened in the basement of an apartment building on James Street. Police tape still lines the perimeter of the apartment as the investigation continues.
“It was scary with the shotguns and the dogs.”
What happened outside Tuesday is nothing compared to what is alleged to have happened inside the basement of 15 James Street.
It’s still considered an active crime scene Wednesday afternoon, a day after the arrest of 26-year-old Delaney Akins, who is accused of kidnapping Josh Trippoda.
“About 4:00, the SWAT team showed up.”
“Up on the roof and helicopters going by.”
Neighbors describe this block of James Street as a quiet but consider the three-story building a neighborhood problem.
“We’ve complained to the police officers.”
“They said they have to do investigations. They can’t just jump right into anything”
Many of neighbors did not want to appear on camera, but describe the transient nature of the building.
“I’m surprised no one said anything if there are other people living there.”
Court documents say Trippoda was bound by his hands and feet while he was confined in the basement.
It remains unclear how Trippoda escaped, but he was ultimately found walking along Kingsboro Avenue, only wearing a t-shirt and boxers.
The documents detail contusions, bruises and burn marks.
It has not been confirmed if drugs were involved, but it’s a prime concern of neighbors.
“They need to do some more investigating and start going after some of these drug things when people complain about it.”
“I hope they condemn that building and knock it down.”
Akins appeared in court Wednesday morning, but without a public defender, proceedings aren’t able to move forward.
He’s been remanded without bail.