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Men Arraigned for Alleged Violence During Albany Riots

Albany County District Attorney David Soares

 

 

Press Release


September 23, 2020


 

 

 Men Arraigned for Alleged 


Violence During Albany Riots


Assistance Sought from Public


 

ALBANY, NY -  District Attorney P. David Soares announced today that DWIGHT PARKER, 39, of Troy, and AH-JUAN BOYD, 25, of Albany, were each arraigned this morning before the Honorable William A. Carter in Albany County Court for their respective roles in violent riots in the City of Albany.

PARKER was arraigned on (1) Count of Attempted Aggravated Assault Upon a Police Officer as a Crime of Terrorism, a Class B Violent Felony, (1) Count of Attempted Aggravated Assault Upon a Police Officer, a Class C Violent Felony, (1) Count of Attempted Assault in the First Degree, a Class C Violent Felony, (1) Count of Arson in the Third Degree, a Class C Felony, (1) Count of Riot in the First Degree, a Class E Felony, and (1) Count of Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, a Class D Felony.


In the evening of May 30, 2020, a Molotov cocktail incendiary device was thrown at four police officers on horseback during a riot that was taking place in the area of South Pearl and Arch Streets in the City of Albany. As a result, the incendiary device exploded directly at the feet of four police officers who were on horseback. An Albany County Grand Jury returned an indictment alleging that PARKER intentionally attempted to cause serious physical injury to the officers by his alleged actions in lighting and throwing the device.

The indictment also alleges that PARKER allegedly set fire to a tractor trailer at South Pearl and Westerlo Streets in the City of Albany that same evening while acting in concert with BOYD.
PARKER pleaded not guilty today and remains in custody.

PARKER’s alleged co-defendants IMARI ALLEN and SHALENE ALLEN were each previously arrested and charged with (1) Count of Riot in the First Degree, a Class E Felony, and their cases remain open and pending.

The Grand Jury also returned charges against an additional co-defendant AH-JUAN BOYD of (1) Count of Arson in the Third Degree, a Class C Felony, (1) Count of Attempted Arson in the Third Degree, a Class D Felony, and (1) Count of Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, a Class D Felony.

In addition to the count of arson for the tractor trailer fire, the Grand Jury also found that on June 1, 2020 at approximately 9:30 P.M., BOYD attempted to set a fire to Albany Police Unit Vehicle 112 while it was parked in the area of First Street and Henry Johnson Boulevard.

BOYD pleaded not guilty today and remains released on his own recognizance, as these charges are "non-qualifying" offenses under current bail statutes.

No new appearance dates have been scheduled at this time for either charged party.

Senior Assistant District Attorney Joseph Brucato is handling the prosecution of these cases.

“Many well-intentioned people convened in the City of Albany to voice their anger and participate in peaceful demonstrations in the wake of George Floyd’s death. Unfortunately, several individuals made the decision to engage in violent and destructive behavior, which sadly undermined the sentiment of the peaceful gatherings earlier in the day. In an effort to hold those violent offenders accountable, we are asking the public to please reach out to our office with any information that would aid in our investigation,” said District Attorney David Soares.

If you are able to provide additional video or specific information about the parties shown in footage here please contact our office at (518) 487-5460 and ask to speak with an Investigator.

For more information, please contact Cecilia Walsh at (518) 275-4710 or [email protected]








ALL CHARGED PARTIES ARE PRESUMED INNOCENT 

UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY 


 

 

 

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