Police: DNA helps solve 2017 attempted Schenectady gas station robbery

The Broadway Mobil after a different 2017 robbery, from that December
The Broadway Mobil after a different 2017 robbery, from that December

SCHENECTADY — A DNA match helped lead to an arrest this week stemming from a March 2017 gas station robbery, authorities said.

The robber apologized to the cashier and mentioned a sick girlfriend, according to police allegations filed in court.

Vernon A. Williams, 49, of Guilderland Avenue, was arrested Monday and charged with one count of first-degree attempted robbery, a felony.

Williams is accused of attempting to rob the Mobil station at 585 Broadway early on the morning of March 16, 2017, according to police allegations.

He pointed “something hidden inside of a plastic bag at the employee” and “made it seem like he was cocking a gun,” according to police.

At the same time, Williams told the cashier, “I’m sorry, but give me all your money, my girlfriend is sick,” according to the allegations.

The employee responded by calling 911 and Williams fled the scene empty-handed, police say.

Williams became a suspect recently after DNA from a piece of clothing recovered by police was compared with the state DNA database, said prosecutor Nicolaus Brooks-McDonald of the Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office.

Williams was arraigned and was being held Tuesday at the Schenectady County Jail without bail.


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