Created: October 25, 2020 09:08 PM
WATERVLIET - The Saturday night police raid at 439 Third Avenue came just after dusk. Local SWAT teams, State Police, and FBI agents were involved. But since authorities were tipped off that perhaps the person living inside may have firearms, explosives, and narcotics, before police moved in, neighbors were moved out.
"At 5:50 there was a knock on the door and they told us all to evacuate the house immediately for a gas leak," said Kevin Greenwood, of 437 Third Avenue.
Greenwood has lived at that address for 27 years. He contacted National Grid for further information about the gas leak but was told they didn't know what he was talking about.
"So then all of a sudden our neighbor from across the street called us and said they're raiding the house next door," Greenwood continued, "the police had roped everything off here and with a ramrod and FBI going into the house next door."
Watervliet Police slapped handcuffs on 40-year old Joseph Brady in his second floor apartment. they say he was taken into custody without incident.
"It is a very scary thing when you see something like this in your neighborhood," Greenwood stated.
Greenwood said it's even scarier to find out why police were looking for Brady, who has been charged with sexually assaulting an 18-year old female and other unlawful conduct involving a 16-year old male victim.
First Degree Sexual Assault is a felony; Unlawfully Dealing with a Child, Endangering the Welfare, and Unlawful Imprisonment are all misdemeanors.
"Now we're a little nervous because we really don't know what's going on," Greenwood admitted.
Greenwood's lingering anxiety stems from the fact his daughters and grandchildren live in the neighborhood. He's also glad police handled things the way they did.
"With them evacuating us last night, that's all I kept saying was, they're anticipating gunshots," he said.
On Sunday night, Brady was being held at the Albany County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail. Police say parts of their investigation are continuing and they no longer believe the community is at risk.
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