McLaughlin: Open door policies contributed to Troy man’s murder

Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin is blaming open door policies for the murder of a Troy man.

Carlos Corrales-Ramirez is accused of murdering Jario Hernandez-Sanchez on Saturday at the corner of River and Douw Streets.

McLaughlin told NewsChannel that the murder is exactly the outcome that many “right-thinking, logical people” know was going to be the outcome.

“A man is dead. This person should not have been walking the street. He is an illegal from Honduras,” he said.

Corrales-Ramirez is also wanted in connection with a stabbing in Maryland. U.S. Border Patrol in Champlain caught Corrales-Ramirez in March and during processing, found that he had an outstanding warrant for assault and was turned over to State Police as a fugitive from justice, according to a statement from the agency. He was being held in Clinton County Jail pending extradition to Maryland. It is not clear how he ended up in Troy.

“For some unknown reason, he’s out,” McLaughlin said.

McLaughlin wrote a letter to the superintendent of New York State Police demanding an explanation.

“I have serious questions about what’s going on. I think I deserve an answer. I think I deserve an answer from the governor,” he said.

“I’m more than a little angry about this. I’m infuriated by this,” he said. 

McLaughlin announced Tuesday afternoon that he will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. at the county offices at 99 Troy Road in East Greenbush on the migrant crisis and Corrales-Ramirez’s arrest. He will be joined by County Clerk Frank Merola, District Attorney Mary Pat Donnelly and other elected officials.

NewsChannel 13’s Dan Levy contributed reporting to this story.