COLONIE — A Schoharie County man has been arrested on a felony charge in connection with the Tuesday afternoon stabbing in a parking lot outside the Colonie Center Mall that left a Schenectady man injured, Colonie police said.
Police said they arrested Jimmy L. Smith, 35, of Middleburgh, on charges of second-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, both felonies. They said he turned himself in Thursday evening. Smith was then released without bail to the supervision of the Albany County Probation Department.
Police said their investigation determined that Smith stabbed the victim, Davan Priest, 22, of Schenectady, in the head after a verbal argument that started over tight parking space clearance and became physical in the mall’s Wolf Road parking lot. The men did not know each other, Colonie Police Lt. Robert Winn said.
Smith cut his own hand seriously during the attack, Winn said. Both Smith and Priest were taken to Albany Medical Center, where they were treated and released, police said.
The incident happened just before 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the parking lot near the Boscov’s entrance, police said.
Callers reported two men were fighting and that one man had been stabbed in the head and was bleeding heavily, police said. Callers reported the second man had fled in an orange vehicle and was suffering from a stab wound to a hand. Priest was then taken to Albany Medical Center by ambulance.
Other officers then found Smith’s vehicle about a half-mile north of the mall, in front of 50 Wolf Road, the state Department of Transportation building. He was treated there for his hand wound and taken to Albany Medical Center.
Police also recovered a knife believed to have been used in the incident, a hunting-style knife with a roughly three-inch blade, in Smith’s vehicle.