Second Schenectady suspect charged in killing of victim who crashed car into Motel 6 in Colonie

Colonie police investigate a homicide at the Motel 6 on Curry Road on May 11.

Colonie police investigate a homicide at the Motel 6 on Curry Road on May 11.

COLONIE – A second Schenectady man has been charged in the May 11 killing of Xiaa Price, who died inside a car that crashed into Motel 6 in Colonie, just over the Rotterdam line.

Desirique S. Johnson, 22, was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder. 

When police responded to a report of a car that crashed into the Motel 6 at 2700 Curry Road, it appeared Price crashed his vehicle into the motel while attempting to flee the scene.

Police said Price, also of Schenectady, died of a single gunshot wound that day. 

This week, Johnson was apprehended about 4 p.m. after a brief foot chase near his residence, police said.

Citing the active investigation, police said they wouldn’t release details about Johnson’s involvement in the homicide case.

Johnson was arraigned in Colonie Justice Court Wednesday night. He was sent to the Albany County Jail pending a preliminary hearing.   

Another Schenectady man, Paul A. L. Streeks, 23, was charged three days after the shooting, on May 14, with second-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon in connection with Price’s death.

On a GoFundMe website page that raised money for Price’s burial expenses, his family described him as an outgoing young man who helped homeless people and who loved to play basketball and baseball.

Witnesses or anyone with information about the case are asked to contact the Colonie Police Investigations Division at 518-783-2754, or report anonymous tips to Capital Region Crimestoppers, 1-833-ALB-TIPS, or at 




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