First on 13: Mother of Albany Med standoff suspect dies
The woman who police said was barricaded inside a hospital room at Albany Medical Center by her son has died, according to Albany police.
Dino Savoca, 61, is accused of threatening a staff member at the hospital with a weapon and blocking entry to his mother’s room for several hours.
Savoca’s mother is identified in court documents as Rosemary Appel. Neighbors and friends tell NewsChannel 13 Appel, who they called Rose, was admitted to Albany Medical Center several weeks ago.
She died Tuesday, a day after the standoff, police said. NewsChannel 13 checked on her condition Tuesday. Albany Police said Tuesday that she was in stable condition. No details of her death were immediately available.
Albany Police Spokesman Steve Smith said the investigation was ongoing and did not answer a question about whether the death is being investigated as suspicious.
Albany police recovered a shotgun and a BB gun Monday night in the hospital room after an hours-long standoff.
Savoca was arraigned Tuesday on multiple charges related to the lockdown.