Three people arraigned in Amsterdam homicide investigation

March 10, 2017 12:36 PM

AMSTERDAM - Three people were arraigned early Thursday evening in connection with an Amsterdam homicide. They include 19-year-old Christopher Malave and 18-year-old Raymond Matros. A 16-year-old has also been charged. All three suspects will be back in court on Tuesday.

Investigators have been going in and out of a home on Glen Avenue since early Thursday morning. They say 23-year-old Alexander Martuscello was shot to death.

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Less than 12 hours after the 3:30 a.m. shooting death of Martuscello at 56 Glen Ave., Amsterdam police recovered a shotgun with a pistol grip, leaning against a house across the street. NewsChannel 13 was the only news station there when one officer cautioned another that there was still a round left in the gun. The discovery came after police began questioning four people of interest.

"I’m not sure of all of them, but I’m know some of them were found just walking down the road. You know, we interviewed them, asked them to come talk to us and they’re now at our station being interviewed," explained Amsterdam Police Lieutenant Tom Nethaway.

NewsChannel 13’s Dan Levy asked Nethaway if the suspects were acquaintances of the victim.

"I don’t know that," he replied.

Nethaway says they don’t know yet what the connection might be between the people of interest and the victim, nor have they established a motive.

Evidence at the scene seems to indicate that a shotgun blast came from inside an enclosed front porch, through a glass front apartment door. There was also a puddle of dried blood on the carpet just inside the door, as well as holes cut through the sheetrock, presumably to retrieve more bullets.

The landlord tells NewsChannel 13 that Martuscello is not the person whose name appears on the lease, although police believe he was living there.

"I do not believe this was random violence," noted Nethaway.

Despite the police belief that 56 Glen Avenue was targeted, neighbors are still shaken.

"I’ve seen no activities going on," noted John Lugo, a neighbor. "It’s a very quiet block."

"I just hope they bring the guy to justice. You know what I mean," asked another neighbor.


WNYT Staff

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