UPDATE: Victim's family wants tougher charges in CO arrest case

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Updated: 5/09/2011 5:10 pm

Michael Igoe, 31, is charged with attempted assault for allegedly beating his girlfriend, but the victim's family is saying the charges don't fit the crime.    

Robert Roy says his daughter is the victim of a heinous domestic violence incident.

“It would have been a murder if it weren't for the 911 system and the Rensselaer Police,” Roy said.

Police say while responding to a 911 call on Third Avenue on Saturday, they found Matthew Igoe leaving the house through the back door, and a woman inside in need of medical attention.

Igoe faces several charges including attempted assault, coercion, and obstruction of breathing.

But Monday morning, Roy was at the Rensselaer County District Attorney's office pushing for tougher charges.

“This wasn't an assault, this girl survived an attempted murder, unprovoked attacked from behind,” Roy said.

District Attorney Richard McNally says Igoe faces up to fifteen years in prison on the current charges, but if a grand jury indicts him on first degree assault or attempted murder, he could face up to 25 years.

“On what I have seen up to this point, I could see this case getting indicted on a higher charge,” he said.

McNally said his office has heard other allegations that Igoe was involved in previous alcohol related incidents and was let off due to his work as a corrections officer.

He says these are just allegations, but his office is taking them seriously.

“If someone gave this guy a pass within the last months and now he’s involved in this incident, they ought to think long and hard whether or not they're responsible for this,” McNally said.

Meanwhile, Roy says his daughter's recovering very slowly from serious head and upper body injuries. And while there is a long way to go in this case, he's planning a long fight for what he believes is justice for his family.

“I'm a father, this is my daughter, I am thorough, and there is nothing that will ever stop me,” he said.

Igoe is in Rensselaer County Jail without bail and is suspended indefinitely pending the outcome of this investigation.

He is scheduled to appear in City Court on Wednesday, at which time the District Attorney says the case could be presented to a grand jury.

There are new details on the arrest of an Albany County corrections officer you heard about first here on FOX23 News.

Thirty-one-year-old Matthew Igoe is accused of attempting to assault his ex-girlfriend after Rensselaer Police responded to a 911 hang-up call and say they caught him leaving the house.

Igoe is charged with attempted assault, coercion, criminal possession of a weapon, criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation, and endangering the welfare of a child.

Officers say they received two 911 calls from a home on Third Avenue.

The first was a hang-up call, but police say during the second, they heard a woman screaming for help in the background.

When police responded, they say they found Igoe exiting the house through the back door, and a woman inside in need of medical attention.

That alleged victim is Robert Roy’s daughter.

“My day changed when I called my daughter and a cop answered the phone and said she had been beaten severely by an ex-boyfriend,” Roy said.

FOX23 News is withholding his daughter’s name out of respect for her two young children.

Roy says she suffered severe head and upper body injuries during what police are calling a "domestic incident".

She has since been released from the hospital.

“My daughter is not doing very well,” Roy said. “It's Mother's Day.”

But, he says he's more than thankful for the quick response from police, which he says saved his daughter’s life.

“We are going to work out something, we will physically get my daughter back, we will,” he said. “But emotionally, I don't know.”

Matthew Igoe is suspended indefinitely pending the outcome of this investigation.

He is scheduled to appear in Rensselaer City Court on Wednesday.

On Saturday, Rensselaer Police arrested 31-year-old Matthew D. Igoe of Albany.
Igoe is a corrections officer with the Albany County Sheriff’s Office.

Police say they received a 911 hang-up call for an address on Third Avenue.

While responding to the residence a second 911 call was received and a female was screaming for help in the background.

The Rensselaer Police did encounter Igoe as he was exiting the rear door of his ex-girlfriend residence.
Igoe was taken into custody and medical assistance was rendered to the victim of an Assault resulting from the Domestic Incident.

The victim was transported and treated at Albany Medical Center for her injuries.

Igoe is charged with Attempted Assault, Coercion, Criminal Obstruction of Breathing or Blood Circulation, Criminal Possession of a Weapon and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

Igoe was remanded to the Rensselaer County Jail without bail and is scheduled to reappear in Rensselaer City Court on Wednesday.

The Rensselaer City Police Department was assisted by the East Greenbush Police Department during this Domestic Incident.

An Albany County Corrections Officer is suspended indefinitely after an incident in Rensselaer County.

The Albany County Undersheriff says Matthew Igoe is suspended pending the outcome of a criminal investigation.

A family member of the alleged victim says the incident was a domestic dispute.

Stay with FOX23 for more on this developing story. 
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user627 - 8/30/2012 2:47 AM
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well im her son, im not telling the name of my self but believe me, my mom has been through a hell of alot, and i'm glad that Matt is finally dead

dashawn42000 - 5/12/2011 10:24 AM
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Here is a clear case of a so-called cop thinking he is above the law. I feel sorry for the victim, but the actions of this cop show the level of arrogance displayed on the job everyday. When you think about it, you have this so-called cop treating inmates like dirt just to come home to his girl friend, who is not an inmate, telling he about his arrogant self. Ha Ha this is what this cop gets, I wish I could go visit his at the county jail and ask his "how does it feel to be on the other side?" Maybe if he and most of his buddies at the albany county correctional facility learn to treat people, this so-called cop would not be losing his job and going to jail. The truth is, he will probably get a smack on the wrist just like his pal Judge Manley.
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