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Parolee living in Niskayuna facing robbery, sexual assault charges

A state parolee living in Niskayuna is now accused of following and then sexually attacking a wom


A state parolee living in Niskayuna is now accused of following and then sexually attacking a woman in Albany, police said Tuesday.

Troy Parker, 44, of 58 N. Amherst Ave., was charged Monday night with first-degree sexual abuse and second-degree robbery, police said.

Police said a towed car ultimately led them to Parker.

Parker is accused of following the woman home, then pushing his way into the vestibule of her apartment building as she returned home from a pizza shop on Lark Street just before 3:30 a.m.

Parker, police said, grabbed her neck, then covered her mouth and sexually assaulted her before demanding money.

She handed over her wallet. As he was looking in her wallet for money, she was able to get away and flag down two men walking on Lark Street, police said. The men called 911.

Parker fled from the residence toward Washington Avenue, police said.

The car that led police to Parker was towed at 5 a.m. the morning of the attack near the victim’s residence. The car was parked in a crosswalk and an officer on patrol spotted it and had it towed, police said.

Detectives checking activity in the area on the night and morning of the attack then connected the towed car to Parker, police said.

Parker, who is currently on parole, was picked up by police at his home. He was later charged.

State inmate records indicate Parker was on parole in connection with a mid-90s robbery conviction from the Bronx.

He was convicted there of first-degree robbery and sentenced to 7 to 15 years in state prison. He was released in December 2007 and was to remain on parole through October 2012.

Prior to that conviction, Parker was sentenced to 2 to 7 years in 1990 in connection with another Bronx robbery, state records show.

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