Categories: Schenectady County
A woman was stabbed to death Monday morning on Clinton Street downtown and two people identified by witnesses were charged in the killing, police said.
Police have also recovered what they believe to be the murder weapon, police spokesman Lt. Mark McCracken said.
The woman was stabbed in the torso. Police found her in the parking lot behind Bank of America, off Clinton Street. She was taken to Ellis Hospital, where she died, McCracken said.
Police immediately detained two people, who they said knew the victim.
About 12 hours later, police filed charges against both of them.
Perry L. Miller, 33, of Schenectady, was charged with murder. Sonya R. Hall, 43, also of Schenectady, was charged with felony assault and criminal possession of a weapon.
Police did not describe the incident except to say that Hall’s actions contributed to the murder.
The identity of the victim was being withheld pending notification of family. McCracken said she is believed to be 43 years old and from Schenectady.
McCracken said there were several witnesses to the stabbing and they were helping police. Police also combed through surveillance video footage. There are multiple cameras, both public and private, in the area of the stabbing.
Police were called to the area of State and Clinton streets just after 8 Monday morning for a fight with one person armed with a weapon.
They arrived to find a woman fallen in the Bank of America parking lot. It is believed she was stabbed on Clinton Street and then she moved to the parking lot, where she fell, McCracken said.
The knife believed to have been used to stab the woman was found at another location, not on either of the two individuals charged, McCracken said.
They were picked up by police a short distance from the scene based on descriptions given by witnesses, McCracken said.
“This doesn’t appear to be a random event,” McCracken said.
The area is near several parking lots and next to the Hampton Inn. The Proctors parking lot is just south of the scene.
Police remained at the scene through much of the day, blocking much of the Bank of America parking lot with police tape. Clinton Street, between Smith and State streets, was also closed for much of the day.
Christine Carrier, who works at Eddy Senior Care in the same building as Bank of America, said the incident was out of character with what she’s seen there.
“I’m surprised, honestly,” she said. “It’s pretty quiet over here, for the most part.”
The incident happened after Carrier was already at work Monday morning. She said she heard about it from co-workers.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Carrier said. “My heart goes out to the friends and family of the woman.”