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Man arrested in connection with Troy homicide investigation

Emily Burkhard
Updated: October 22, 2020 11:29 PM
Created: October 22, 2020 03:28 PM

Troy police have arrested the man they say is responsible for a murder that happened in January.

Troy police made the arrest at a motel on Central Avenue in Colonie around noon Tuesday. Joseph Dominguez, 24, was charged with murder after he allegedly stabbed Michael McMahon, 49, to death on New Year's Day. He's being held at the Rensselaer County Jail and is scheduled to be arraigned Friday.

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Troy police initially took a missing persons' report for McMahon on January 2. Several days later, his car was discovered in a tow lot downtown, but that's when the case went cold for several weeks.

"We actually got some information that his remains may be in Greene County and lo and behold that's where they were located in March so then it became a homicide investigation,” Troy Police Deputy Chief Dan DeWolf said.

McMahon's body was discovered on a hiking trail in Earlton on March 3.

DeWolf said McMahon and Dominguez were acquainted before the murder.

"They were known to each other it was kind of like a lovers triangle I believe that's kind of how it all transpired,” he said.

DeWolf said he's pleased to see his officers making an arrest in a homicide case after what's been a violent year thus far.

"We're just happy that he's off the street he's obviously very violent person and now we will wait and see how things proceed, how the prosecution is, but we believe that we have a very strong case and then we're going to end up with a conviction here,” DeWolf said.

When the investigation began police also arrested a woman believed to be involved. However, on Thursday DeWolf said she is no longer in custody in relation to this incident. He also said he doesn't believe there will be any more arrests related to this investigation.

Stay tuned to NewsChannel 13 for updates on this story.


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