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Albany man charged with sexually assaulting, robbing woman

July 30, 2019 11:27 PM

ALBANY – A 19-year-old Albany man is behind bars in the Albany County Jail. He is facing charges of rape, kidnapping, robbery and burglary.

Albany police said last Sunday afternoon at about 1:30 they were called to the SEFCU on Patroon Creek Boulevard.

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“For reports that a woman was being taken to the ATM against her will,” said Albany Police Officer Steve Smith. “When the officers arrived on the scene they were accompanied by officers from the SUNY Albany police and also assisted with the security personnel from SEFCU and were able to encounter the suspect and take him into custody.”

The suspect was Quaraione Lomack. Police said during the investigation they learned prior to forcing the victim to the ATM, he attacked the woman at her home.

“And at knife point sexually assaulted her,” said Smith. “He did not know the victim, but there are circumstances that I just can't discuss at this point.”

According to the Schenectady County District Attorney, Lomack is currently facing charges for allegedly raping a woman back in April in Schenectady. The DA said Lomack was then released on $30,000 bond. He said an Assistant District Attorney requested he be remanded, but it was denied by the judge.

“They have to decide on the one hand we have a victim who is saying this person did this awful thing to me and on the other hand the person hasn’t been convicted yet,” explained criminal defense attorney Martin Bonventre. “They haven't admitted their guilt, a jury has not found them guilty.”

Bonventre is a criminal defense attorney at the Kindlon Law Firm in Albany. He said while some may question why Lomak was let out on bail in the first place, he said that’s how the justice system works.

“We’ve judged in our country that it's more important that we don't convict an innocent person than it is that we convict a guilty person,” explained Bonventre. “So some of the costs of that is we have this bail process.”

And some may wonder what happens when someone out on bail does commit another crime, what responsibility falls on the judge who granted the bail.

“The Office of Court Administration, OCA, oversees how judges act and complaints could be made to them and OCA could do something with that,” said Bonventre.

Albany Police said Lomack could face additional charges. They said they’re trying to determine if he’s responsible for any other types of incidents that are similar to what happened last Sunday. Anyone with information is asked to call Albany Police.

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