Schenectady County

Man aids in arrest of teen robbery suspect

A Scotia man who was on the wrong side of the law last year was credited Sunday with helping in the
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A Scotia man who was on the wrong side of the law last year was credited Sunday with helping in the arrest of a city teen on felony robbery and assault charges, authorities said.

For his trouble, former postal carrier Scott Gross received a slashed tire on his truck, allegedly cut by the teen he followed from the Nott Street Stewart’s following an incident.

The incident began inside the store just before 3 p.m. Kaleen Parker, 16, and two other teens allegedly tried to steal a cigar from behind the counter and clerk Elizabeth Hochmuth tried to stop her, according to papers filed in City Court. The cigar was valued at $1.29.

The incident happened just before Gross, 35, walked in. The teens had just left and the clerk was on the phone with police, telling them what happened, Gross told The Daily Gazette Monday by phone. Gross is identified in court papers as the good Samaritan.

Gross dropped what he was carrying, hopped in his truck and began following the teens. He, too, called police on his cell phone.

“I don’t know what made me do it,” Gross said of his pursuit. “I don’t have an answer.”

Gross added later, “I was on that side of the law once before, so I learned.”

He followed the teens down an alley. They soon realized what he was doing, turned and began demanding why he was following them and for him to stop.

Parker then allegedly took a knife out of her back pocket, slashed the tire and the three ran off. Gross, however, continued his pursuit, ditching his truck and running after them. The chase ended up on Parkwood Boulevard, and he watched as they entered an apartment there.

Police soon made the arrest.

Gross was unhurt, but Hochmuth had suffered a sprained shoulder as a result of Parker grabbing her arm, according to papers.

That alleged confrontation resulted in charges against Parker being upgraded from what would have been misdemeanor petty larceny, to two felonies: second-degree assault and second-degree robbery. She also faces one count of fourth-degree criminal mischief, a misdemeanor, in connection with Gross’ slashed tire.

Parker was being held Monday at the Schenectady County Jail on $1,500 bail. The other two teens, a 19-year-old and an 18-year-old, apparently have not been charged.

Gross’ own run-in with authorities came last June in Scotia. The one-time postal carrier was accused of stealing more than $1,000 worth of merchandise from mail intended for residents along his route.

He later admitted to felony grand larceny and was sentenced last month to a three-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay restitution.

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