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Albany stabbings linked to protests; Two pro-Trump rally-goers stabbed by counter-protester, troopers say

Barricades block State Street between South Swan and Eagle streets near the Capitol building in Albany Thursday
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Barricades block State Street between South Swan and Eagle streets near the Capitol building in Albany Thursday

ALBANY – Two pro-Trump rally-goers were stabbed by a counter-protester at Albany’s East Capitol Park, state police said Thursday.

Alexander Contompasis, 37, of Rensselaer, was arrested and charged with first- and second-degree assault and other charges, state police said.

State police responded to the park shortly after noon Wednesday during the pro-Trump rally. The preliminary investigation determined that after a fight broke out between rally-goers and counter-protesters, two of the rally-goers were stabbed by a counter-protester, state police said.

The suspect, Contompasis, then got into a vehicle and fled the scene. He was soon stopped by state police and taken into custody, state police said.

The victims were taken to Albany Medical Center for treatment. A 36-year-old man was treated and expected to be released, state police said. A 40-year-old man was in stable condition after undergoing surgery and remained at the hospital, troopers said.

Contompasis’ attorney Melissa Carpinello said that her client was acting in self defense against members of the “Proud Boys.”

“I believe that when the facts of this case come out they will show that my client was defending himself from an unprovoked attack by self identified Proud Boys, a racist and radical far right terrorist organization,” Carpinello said in a prepared statement.

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The investigation then soon led to other arrests related to the aftermath of the incident, state police said.

Alexis Figuereo, 33, of Ballston Spa, identified as a counter-protester, was accused of stepping over crime scene tape that secured the scene and then refusing to leave, troopers said. He resisted arrest and was charged with resisting arrest, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, third-degree criminal trespass, third-degree assault and disorderly conduct, state police said.

A trooper suffered a minor injury during the arrest, state police said.

A second man identified as a counter-protester, Brandon J. Brown, 21, of Schenectady, attempted to assist Figuereo and intentionally pushed a trooper, state police said. He was charged with obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest and harassment.

During the investigation, troopers discovered another counter-protester, Nicholas Waunsch, 28, of Troy, waved a baton at another individual, state police said. He was charged with third-degree menacing and fourth-degree  criminal possession of a weapon.

Rally-goer Colin Dermody, 66, of Loudonville, was charged with second-degree harassment for striking a counter-protester, state police said.

State police were assisted by Albany police, fire and EMS, as well as Mohawk Ambulance.

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