Man charged in Schenectady Union Inn slashing

Attack happened early Oct. 13
Justin Walker
Justin Walker

SCHENECTADY — A city man has been charged with slashing a woman at the Union Inn in downtown Schenectady earlier this month, police said.

The Oct. 13 slashing left the woman with cuts to the sides of her face and throat that required 10 stitches to close, authorities said.

Justin Walker, 34, of Emmett Street, was arrested Tuesday and faces two counts of first-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, felonies.

He is accused of attacking the woman at the Union Inn at about 2:40 a.m.. 

Walker is accused of cutting the woman “across her face with a sharp straight-edged instrument,” according to police allegations filed in court.

The allegations did not indicate what connection, if any, Walker may have had to the woman, but a police spokesman indicated Wednesday that investigators believe they knew each other.

“They knew one another in some way, shape or form,” city police spokesman Sgt. Jeff McCutcheon said. 

Walker was arraigned and ordered held on $25,000 bail. 

If convicted of one of the assault counts, he would face up to 25 years in prison.

The knife attack was the second associated with the Union Inn in the span of a month. An earlier attack happened near the bar Sept. 14. No arrests have been made in that incident.

The state Liquor Authority last week confirmed it had opened an investigation concerning the Union Inn following the slashing in which Walker is now charged. The authority can impose sanctions on licensees who violate the law, officials said.

The arrest is the latest for Walker. He served 10 years in state prison of a 12 ½-year sentence after admitting he attempted to rob an Albany convenience store at gunpoint in 2007, records show. He was to remain under post-release supervision until 2022, state records indicate.

The 2007 case gained international attention following the release of a surveillance video that showed Walker demanding cash from the clerk, but the clerk instead grabbed the gun from Walker. Walker left the store, but returned seconds later and struggled with the clerk to retrieve the gun before he fled again. Walker was arrested a short time later.

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