A March assault that ended with one attacker lifting a cinder block and hitting the victim in the head has led to an arrest, authorities said this week. The victim suffered a broken nose, facial and head swelling and cuts.
William Izard, 21, of 5 Elbert St., first floor, faces one count each of first-degree robbery, first-degree assault, first-degree gang assault and second-degree robbery. He was arrested late Monday.
Izard is accused of being among as many as five individuals who attacked the 20-year-old victim March 12 at about 12:30 a.m. on Elbert Street.
The incident began at a party on Elbert Street, prosecutor William Sanderson said. The victim spotted someone leaving with his backpack. When he went to retrieve it, he found himself surrounded by a group of five men who then attacked him, Sanderson said. They not only kept the backpack, they then took his shoes, Sanderson said.
The victim got away but the group chased after him, pulling him down as he tried to jump a fence behind 5 Elbert St.
The victim was thrown to the ground and the attackers started going through his pockets, taking $85 in cash and a Sony camera, according to papers filed in court.
Court paperwork indicates it was Izard who lifted the cinder block and hit the victim in the head. No other arrests have been made, Sanderson said, but the investigation is continuing.
Izard was being held Wednesday evening at the Schenectady County Jail on $10,000 bail.