One arrested in Watervliet following multi-agency operation


multi agency operation

UPDATE* The Watervliet Police Department said information was obtained about a resident who may have been in possession of firearms, explosives, and narcotics at 439 3rd Avenue on Saturday.

Police said once receiving this information, a multi-agency investigation was launched which resulted in a search warrant being obtained for the residence. Federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies helped to evacuate the residence so it could be searched.

The Watervliet Police Department was assisted by the following agencies:

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Evidence Recovery Team
  • NYSP Bomb Disposal Unit
  • Troy Police Emergency Response Team
  • Colonie Police Department Special Services Team

Police said they collected numerous pieces of evidence and the investigation remains ongoing. The suspect in question is Joseph Brady, 40, who was found inside the home at the time of the investigation. He was questioned by Watervliet Police Detectives and arrested without incident for charges related to an alleged sexual assault of an 18-year-old woman with other unlawful conduct to a 16-year-old boy. Brady has been charged with multiple crimes including:

  • PL 130.65 (2) Sexual Abuse in the 1st degree a class D felony
  • PL 260.20 (1) Unlawfully Dealing with a Child in the 1st degree a class A misdemeanor
  • PL 260.10 (1) Endangering the Welfare of a Child (1) a class A misdemeanor
  • Two counts of PL 135.05 Unlawful Imprisonment in the 2nd degree a class A misdemeanor

Brady was arraigned before the Honorable Judge Liotta and remanded to the Albany County Correction Facility with bail set at $50,000.00.

“Upon receiving this concerning information our agency promptly acted by coordinating with various specialized entities to ensure any threat to the public was minimal. The Watervliet Police Department is proud of our excellent working relationship with the FBI, NYSP, Troy and Colonie Police Departments, and is grateful for their commitment to helping our community,” said Lt. Brian Strock, Acting Chief of Police.

Police said parts of the investigation remain active; however there is no known on-going
threat(s) to the public at this time.

WATERVLIET, N.Y. (NEWS10) – One person is in custody after a multi-agency operation shut down a section of Third Avenue in Watervliet for several hours. Police say the individual was taken into custody for questioning related to criminal activities at 439 Third Avenue.

According to a statement from Watervliet Police, federal, state and local law enforcement officials were “conducting court authorized activity” at the residence.

The 400 block of Third Avenue was closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic from around 6 p.m. until shortly before 9 p.m.. Officers are still on scene and the location will remain active while the investigation continues.

Watervliet Police, New York State Police and the F.B.I. were all on scene. A SWAT team was also observed entering and leaving the building.

The situation is under control and the road is opened back up. One person is in custody. There is no threat to the community at this time.

Watervliet Police is continuing to work with our State/Federal law enforcement partners. More information will be released tomorrow.

Lt. Brian Strock

The investigation is ongoing and police believe there is no threat to the public at this time. The individual who was placed under arrest is currently in custody at the Watervliet Police station.

This is a developing story and more information will be added as it becomes available.


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