Schenectady man charged with stabbing teen over dirt bike sale


SCHENECTADY –- A Schenectady man stabbed a 16-year-old in the face over an attempted dirt bike sale that originated on Facebook, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

The victim suffered cuts and deafness to his left ear, according to allegations.

Joshua Melendez, 18, of Bridge Street, was charged last week with one count each of first-degree assault and first-degree attempted robbery, felonies.

The incident happened March 5 on Bridge Street, according to police allegations.

The victim, from Saratoga County, had attempted to sell the dirt bike over Facebook and brought it and a friend to Schenectady to show to the prospective buyer, Melendez, prosecutor Nicolaus Brooks-McDonald said.

The individuals met on Lansing Street and the seller let Melendez take the dirt bike for a test ride, Brooks-McDonald said.

But when Melendez didn’t return with the bike right away, the victim and friend went looking for him, essentially following the sound of the dirt bike to Bridge Street, Brooks-McDonald said.

They spotted Melendez on the bike and the bike then stalled out on a turnaround. A struggle took place and Melendez attacked the victim, Brooks-McDonald said.

Paperwork filed in Melendez’ case references a second suspect. Brooks-McDonald indicated that person was previously arrested in the case and is facing charges as a juvenile. Further information on that person was unavailable.

Melendez was arraigned and ordered held on $25,000 bail. He remained in custody Wednesday.

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