Docs ID accused shooter, motive in Colonie Motel 6 murder near Rotterdam line; Third Schenectady man charged

Paul A.L. Streeks, left, Desirique S. Johnson, middle, Kenneth W. Spencer, right; The scene May 11 (background)
Paul A.L. Streeks, left, Desirique S. Johnson, middle, Kenneth W. Spencer, right; The scene May 11 (background)

COLONIE – Indictments handed up against two men accused in the May 11 shooting death of 20-year-old Schenectady resident Xiaa Price identify both the man accused of firing the fatal shot and the alleged motive – robbery.

Meanwhile, Colonie police announced the arrest of a third man in connection with Price’s murder, indicating that all those believed to have been involved in Price’s murder have now been charged.

Arrested this week was Kenneth W. Spencer, 45, formerly of Schenectady, who was taken into custody Wednesday at his most recent residence in North Carolina on a charge of second-degree murder. He remained in custody Thursday and awaited extradition to New York, police said.

Spencer now joins two others charged in Price’s shooting death, Paul A.L. Streeks, 23, arrested in Schenectady days after the murder, and Desirique S. Johnson, 22, arrested after a brief foot chase in late June.

Police in Colonie had not offered additional information on what roles they allege Streeks or Johnson had in the shooting, beyond alleging involvement. They did the same Thursday in announcing Spencer’s arrest.

However, both Streeks and Johnson have since been indicted and arraigned in Price’s death and the indictment identifies Streeks as the man police allege fired the shot that ended Price’s life and alleges that the three men killed Price in the course of a robbery.

The indictments and charging documents do not elaborate on the nature of the alleged robbery attempt or describe Johnson’s role.

The initial Johnson charging document simply alleges he aided Streeks and based that allegation on the police investigation and video surveillance.

With the allegation that Streeks shot Price in the course of a robbery, Streeks was indicted on a top count of first-degree murder, a charge that carries a potential sentence of life without parole. The first-degree murder count requires for conviction prosecutors prove  Streeks caused Price’s death. Johnson faces a top count of second-degree murder.

Spencer’s indictment was not available Thursday, but police indicated he also faced a second-degree murder count.

Price was shot and killed at the Curry Road Motel 6 early on May 11. Streeks is accused of shooting Price one time in the head at the motel at 1:41 a.m. that Tuesday, according to the charging document.

Police said on the day of the murder that it appeared Price crashed his vehicle into the motel while attempting to flee the scene.

Both Streeks and Johnson were arraigned on their indictments in Albany County in July and pleaded not guilty. An attorney for Streeks could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Spencer was arrested this week after a joint effort by the regional Fugitive Task Force and the Carolinas Regional Fugitive Task Force, police said.

The investigation remains active, police said. Anyone with information is asked to contact Colonie investigators at 518-783-2754.

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