Man in jail, accused of Cobleskill robbery

A Scotia man remained in the Schoharie County Jail Friday after Cobleskill police arrested him in Sc
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A Scotia man remained in the Schoharie County Jail Friday after Cobleskill police arrested him in Schenectady for allegedly robbing a village man, binding him with duct tape and threatening him with a stun gun after the victim allegedly paid for $2,000 worth of exotic dances with a bad check.

Vincent L. McGrath Jr., 37, was arrested by Cobleskill police at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday at 885 Strong St., Schenectady.

He was picked up, with the assistance of city police, after Glenville police executed a search warrant at McGrath’s home at 8 Glendale Road, Scotia, according to Glenville Detective William Marchewka.

The dancer came from Aphrodite Escorts, according to Cobleskill police Sgt. Richard Bialkowski.

Police are seeking a second suspect in the home invasion in Cobleskill, but “as far as we can tell, nobody from the escort service committed any illegal acts,” Bialkowski said.

An online number listed the escort service in Watervliet. The number links to a cellphone voicemail box, but a message left Friday was not returned.

Police say the victim told them he had arranged for the private dances at his home. They said no sex acts or prostitution charges have been indicated.

McGrath was jailed on $25,000 bail or $50,000 bond, following arraignment Thursday evening before Cobleskill Village Justice Richard Hamm.

He was charged with felony robbery and burglary charges, as well as misdemeanor charges of unlawful imprisonment, criminal possession of a weapon and petty larceny.

According to Bialkowski, McGrath was one of two men who invaded the North Grand Street apartment of the victim on Jan. 18, cut the telephone line, bound him with duct tape, struck him and threatened him and his family. The stun gun was displayed, but not used, Bialkowski said.

“Two suspects forced their way into [the victim’s] residence, threatened to use a stun gun, struck him on his head and face and threatened his family,” Bialkowski said.

Based on the victim’s account and police investigations, the Cobleskill man, whom police did not identify, “paid for [dance] services with a check that was not honored,” Bialkowski said. “So the associate of this escort service came to his residence.”

Neither assailant wore a mask or disguise, police said.

The victim was able to free himself and call police. He was treated for what police described as minor injuries and released.

Police located McGrath after investigating leads in Troy, Watervliet and Glenville, Bialkowski said.

McGrath is scheduled for further action in Cobleskill Village Court on Tuesday.

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