NISKAYUNA – Steven L. Carrion was served with a restraining order on the same day he drove his black Mercedes into a Niskayuna AT&T store and attempted to run over a store employee, according to charging documents filed in Niskayuna Town Court.
Carrion, 29, of Troy, faces multiple felony charges after he drove through the front glass entryway of the store at 404 Balltown Road in Mohawk Commons at 11:21 a.m. Sunday and smashed items with a wooden baseball bat.
The first-degree criminal contempt charge alleges Carrion intentionally violated a stay-away order of protection and intentionally placed the protected party in reasonable fear of substantial injury. The charge says the order of protection was issued Sept. 19 in Rensselaer County Family Court and served to Carrion by the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Department on Sunday, Sept. 25. It does not indicate what time the order was served.
Meanwhile, a first-degree attempted assault charge alleges Carrion attempted to cause serious injury to a specific store employee when he drove his car through the store window “in an attempt to run her over with said automobile,” according to the charging papers.
Other felony charges against Carrion include second-degree burglary, second-degree criminal mischief and first-degree reckless endangerment. He also faces misdemeanor charges for the incident in which no one was hurt. It’s unclear how many people were inside the store at the time of the crash. The incident remains under investigation by the Niskayuna Police Department.
Among the misdemeanor charges Carrion faces are second-degree menacing for causing the store employee to fear serious physical harm, charging papers state.
Niskayuna Police officers arrested Carrion without incident on Sunday. Carrion continued to be held Tuesday at the Schenectady County Correctional Facility without bail.
On Tuesday, the AT&T storefront was barricaded by police tape and boarded up with plywood, and a town notice declared the store as unsafe and prohibited people from going inside.
On the scene Sunday, a woman who said she was an AT&T employee working at the time of the incident declined to comment but told The Daily Gazette that no one inside the store was injured.
AT&T’s corporate media relations did not respond to the Gazette’s request for comment Tuesday.
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