Amid rash of crimes, Troy Police Chief asks residents to remain vigilant

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Updated: 8/27 5:41 pm

TROY, N.Y. – Another act of violence hit the city of Troy Tuesday night following a double homicide last week, a string of unsolved fires, and other unsolved homicides.

Troy Police Chief John Tedesco said Tuesday night's shooting was targeted and just one incident in a string of continuous violence in the Collar City. He said residents should remain vigilant and be patient as police are working on all of the cases.

Police responded to the corner of Eighth Street and Jacob Street just before 6 p.m. Tuesday. Police said a man was called over to a car with other men inside and was then shot twice.

Police identified the man as 32-year-old Rahkeim Scarlett of Troy.

Scarlett was treated on the scene by the Troy Fire Department before being transported to Albany Medical Center where he is in critical condition.

Tedesco said he doesn't believe the shooting was gang related but said the victim was known to police and that they do have persons of interest in the case. As for the other unsolved crimes, Tedesco said progress is being made.

"I'm very confident that there will be successful outcomes, but you know, it's just not an overnight process,” he said. “I wouldn't say it's frustration. It's just things are continually okay. There's no break here, but yeah, we're working around the clock. There's no question about it.”

Tuesday's shooting was only added to the list of unsolved crimes in the city.

A couple was brutally beaten a week ago in their Lansingburgh home and the suspects made away with the victim's vehicle. They have yet to be found. There has also been a string of arsons, and police recently made an arrest in the death of a teenager in Lansingburgh.

Tedesco said the department is using all of its resources, including overtime and grants to respond and investigate.

He said more staff would also benefit the department.

“People are tired, so you know, I think officers would always help,” he said.

However, he doesn't believe the department is at a place to stop the crimes from happening. The Rensselaer County District Attorney's Office said it could also use more help and funding. Chief Assistant DA Carmelo Laquidara said violent crime is up county-wide and in Troy.

“Certainly more resources are needed,” he said. “I think the public is asking for that. Our office is asking for that. This wave in crime, especially violent crime incidents that have occurred in the city of Troy, will hopefully lead to additional resources not only for our office but for law enforcement in general.”

Laquidara said his office has asked the county for more resources. Tedesco said he wants residents to remain patient and that progress is being made in cases.

“This will end,” Tedesco said. “This is a crime aberration, if you will. It's not certainly an accurate picture of what takes place in Lansingburgh or anywhere else in the city of Troy. We're just getting hit with a lot of things at once.”

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