Three teens face gang assault charges in Schenectady stabbings

Friday, March 30, 2012
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— Three teenagers are facing gang assault charges in connection with two stabbings during a fight earlier this month, authorities said.

As many as 30 people were involved, police said, in a fight that erupted the evening of March 14 at Carrie and Lang streets. Two people suffered stab wounds and were taken to Ellis Hospital.

One of the victims, a 22-year-old man, later underwent surgery at Albany Medical Center for the stab would to his back. The other victim, a 17-year-old girl, was treated at Ellis, according to papers filed in court.

Charged in the stabbings were James A. Mortimore, 16, of Alexander Street; Christopher Mortimore, 18, also of Alexander Street; and Virgilio D. Smith, 16, address unavailable.

Each faces two counts of first-degree gang assault, a high-level felony. If convicted, they would face up to 25 years in state prison. The three are accused of intending to cause serious physical injury to another person and aiding a co-defendant who stabbed the victims.

Charges against each of the three contain the same wording; none of them is accused of the actual stabbing.

All three were arraigned and ordered held at the Schenectady County Jail. James Mortimore was being held Thursday evening with no bail set, while Christopher Mortimore was being held in lieu of $25,000 bail and Smith was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail, jail officials said.

Two others have been arrested on charges related to the brawl but not the stabbings, officials have said.

The investigation into the fight is continuing, police spokesman Lt. Mark McCracken said. Also continuing, he said, is the investigation into the stabbing of a 14-year-old boy at Carrie and Hattie streets the next morning.

That boy was walking to school when he was stabbed in the elbow by an unknown assailant. He was taken to Ellis Hospital, where he was treated and released.

No arrests have been made. Police had only a vague description of the attacker.

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