Troy Police: Teen suspect evaded arrest for 6 weeks

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The 16 year old suspect accused of shooting and killing another man evaded authorities for six weeks, According to the Troy Police Department.

Due to the young man’s age, his name is being withheld by authorities. He was arraigned as a juvenile and is currently being held without bail, officials said.

Troy detectives began their homicide investigation back on July 2, after a man was gunned down outside the Family Dollar at 102nd Street and Second Avenue in Lansingburgh.

The victim in the shooting was identified as Alexander Crawford, 39, of Troy. Crawford went down to the Family Dollar to speak with a group of young people who apparently had been bullying his son, According to Troy Police Chief Dan DeWolf.

After a brief discussion, DeWolf says the 16 year old pulled out a gun and shot Crawford.

That 16 year old was evading capture for the past 6 weeks, until detectives got a tip that he was hiding out in the city of Rensselaer. Police obtained a warrant and made the arrest without further incident.

“Unfortunately, this is not unique, this violent crime by juveniles has just taken off.” Chief DeWolf said. “There is no more talking about something or duking it out with fists. The first go-to is a weapon… and it’s just terrible that’s what’s become the norm.”

There were witnesses to the murder, and there is also technological evidence that greatly aided the investigation, officials said.