Troy police probe overnight stabbing

March 18, 2017 06:30 PM

TROY -- Blood spatter patterns mark the spot on Congress Street where police say they were called around 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning for reports of a stabbing.

“Officers responded there,” said Troy Police Capt. Daniel DeWolf. “They did find a victim there that had a stabbing wound to his face.”

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Investigators say the victim was walking along Third Street with a friend when the suspect, 35-year-old Carl Pugh, started threatening them. Then suddenly, police say, Pugh went on the attack, plunging a knife into the victim's face and chest.

“He was treated at the scene and transported to Albany Med for further treatment,” DeWolf said.

But he was able to give officers a detailed description of the suspect and the direction in which he fled. Police say with the help of surveillance cameras on the street and an officer who might have seen Pugh earlier in the evening, they were able to track him down in about an hour.

“It was good police work,” DeWolf said. “He was taken into custody without incident. He's currently charged with assault [and] criminal possession of a weapon.”

Police say downtown Troy was packed with people having a great time on Friday night for St. Patrick's Day and it was not unusual to see groups out and about late at night. But they still have no motive for the crime.

“That part of the investigation is still open. We're really not sure,” DeWolf said.

Pugh was brought to the Renssealer County jail without bail after his arraignment. Troy Police say anyone who might have seen anything or have more information is asked to give them a call (518) 270-5004.


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