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Albany Police: Man charged with riot, arson; Set fire to tractor trailer, police say

Ah-Juan Boyd (inset); The burning tractor trailer (background)
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Ah-Juan Boyd (inset); The burning tractor trailer (background)

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ALBANY – An Albany man has been arrested, accused of torching a tractor trailer during the May 30 riot in Albany, police said. 

Ah-Juan Boyd, 24, was arrested Monday morning and charged with one count each of first-degree riot, third-degree arson and second-degree criminal mischief, all felonies.

Boyd is accused of participating in the riot on South Pearl Street at about 9:30 p.m. that night in which rioters stopped a tractor trailer on South Pearl and removed the driver, police said.

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Boyd then is accused of setting fire to the tractor trailer as it was parked in the middle of South Pearl Street at Westerlo Street. 

Boyd was arraigned and released to appear in court later.

Boyd was one of several people arrested related to the violent protest. Another man, James Vail, 21, of Delmar, was arrested previously and charged with first-degree riot, first-degree attempted assault, second-degree assault and third-degree criminal mischief.

Vail was accused of throwing a brick at an officer’s head at about 7 p.m. that night at the department’s South Station on Arch Street. The officer suffered a concussion and was treated at a local hospital, officials have said. 

The violent protest that night came after a peaceful afternoon protest over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.

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