Police: Second arrest made in robbery of 84-year-old woman in Rotterdam


ROTTERDAM — Two Schenectady residents have been arrested in connection with the robbery of an 84-year-old woman in the Altamont Avenue Price Chopper parking lot on Monday, police said.

Police arrested one suspect Wednesday evening and the second on Thursday, police said.

Casey L. Buckley, 38, of McClellan Street, was taken into custody Wednesday evening at her residence and charged with second-degree robbery and other felonies, police said.

She was arraigned and, due to prior felony convictions, was ordered held, police said.

Police Thursday arrested Jonah D. Isolda, 32, also of McClellan Street, and also charged with second-degree robbery and other felonies.

He was arraigned and released on the Rotterdam charges, but turned over to Colonie police on an arrest warrant there, police said.

Buckley and Isolda are accused of going to the Price Chopper parking lot intending to commit a robbery, police said.

Buckley is accused of pushing the victim down in the parking lot Monday and then taking her purse, police said.

Buckley got out of the passenger side of a car that pulled up next to the woman and accosted her, then got back in and the car fled, police said. Isolda is accused of driving.

Bystanders in the area heard the woman’s screams, came to her aid and summoned police.

Police Thursday did not say how they zeroed in on the pair as suspects. Police had previously said they were following several leads and going through surveillance video.

A search of Buckley’s residence after her arrest uncovered property belonging to the victim, police said.

Buckley and Isolda were also charged with third-degree robbery and two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, police said.

The Rotterdam detectives were assisted by the Schenectady Police Department and the Schenectady County Sheriff’s K9 Unit.  

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