Cabbie stabbed in Schenectady expected to survive

Friday, February 8, 2013
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A stabbing victim is taken from the Schenectady Public Library on Liberty Street to an awaiting Mohawk Ambulance Thursday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
A stabbing victim is taken from the Schenectady Public Library on Liberty Street to an awaiting Mohawk Ambulance Thursday.

— The taxi driver stabbed Thursday night near the main branch of the Schenectady County Public Library is expected to survive and has been identified by police.

Derek Leach, 28, who drives for Glove City Transportation in Gloversville, was stabbed near Liberty Street just before 7 p.m. He called 911, and when officers responded they found him bleeding inside the library.

Police spokesman Lt. Mark McCracken said Leach’s injuries were serious but not life threatening.

The incident started when Leach picked up a woman at the Johnstown Price Chopper and dropped her off on Nott Terrace near the Schaffer Heights Apartments, according to police.

Police believe the stabbing took place near the intersection of Nott Terrace and Eastern Avenue because officers found a blood trail that started almost directly across from the entrance to the apartments and continuing to the library.

County spokesman Joe McQueen said Leach came into the library seeking help. The staff called 911 and then escorted patrons out of the building through a second entrance so they would not interfere with emergency personnel and police. After the scene was cleared, McQueen said cleaning staff was able to remove the blood.

When paramedics arrived, they immediately called for a MedFlight helicopter when they saw Leach’s condition. Emergency personnel stabilized him before he was taken to a large parking lot off Nott Terrace, loaded onto the helicopter and taken to Albany Medical Center.

Police do not know what happened after the stabbing, but officers found the taxi about 10 minutes later at the corner of Windsor Terrace and Prospect Street with its lights on and engine running. They believe it was parked on the southbound side of the street, against the curb. There was no blood found there, according to police radio transmissions.

Authorities do not know if the woman was the perpetrator of the crime or if another person was involved. The suspect has been described as a woman last seen wearing dark clothing.

Authorities were also checking surveillance cameras at the Johnstown Price Chopper to get a better description of the woman.

No arrests have been made, and no further information was available.

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February 7, 2013
9:52 p.m.
dagiacalone says...

Although the police station is next door, the stabbing victim was treated inside the main branch of the Library, and the Library was cleared of all patrons and closed two hours early because of the activity. Crime tape was stretched to block both entry doors of the Library. I hope the Gazette will find out how the incident unfolded and why the Library became so involved in the incident.

February 8, 2013
7:10 a.m.
reader1 says...

I guarantee he was treated where he was found. And, if they did not know where it happened - you have to err on the side of caution so as to not lose valuable evidence.

February 8, 2013
11:33 a.m.
CateMB says...

Seriously? It's common sense time. The cab driver went to get help...and the library was a logical choice. I listened to the 911 archives and the library personnel called 911 to say he was "not doing well". Clearly they were assisting him in the library, and they're not going to move him next door to the police station to finish treating him just because library patrons will be inconvenienced. Moving a victim like that could be fatal.

February 8, 2013
4:22 p.m.
grant18 says...

After dark, the library is much brighter than the police station. The driver was from Glove City Transportation, as in GLOVERSVILLE. Being 25 miles from your own city & having a choice of a well-lighted, obviously busy public building or a large, dark, brick monolith, which would you choose? Either way, the 911 dispatcher saw where the call came from & dispatched paramedic aid from the fire department (which is only seconds away from either one). If there's any lesson to be learned, it's to look into making the police station seem less hostile at its front entrance.

February 8, 2013
4:43 p.m.
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