Schenectady murder suspect wanted in Brooklyn stabbing death

Schenectady police car and a suspect's photograph

Timothy Taylor has been named a person of interest in stabbing murders in both Schenectady and Brooklyn. (PROVIDED PHOTO)

SCHENECTADY  — The person of interest in a Mont Pleasant stabbing death is also wanted for questioning for a similar crime in Brooklyn, according to Schenectady police and the NYPD.

Schenectady police are seeking information on the whereabouts of Timothy Taylor in connection to the death of his ex-wife Tishawn Folkes-Taylor, who was found dead early in the morning of May 28 at a residence at 1030 Pleasant St.

Taylor, 35, is also wanted in connection to a stabbing death on May 13 at an apartment at 356 Bedford Ave. in Brooklyn that saw Theresa Gregg found unresponsive with puncture wounds to her neck and body.

The U.S. Marshals Office is offering a $5,000 reward for information successfully leading to Taylor’s whereabouts.

“It does look to be the same individual in the two cases,” Schenectady Police Lt. Ryan Macherone said on Wednesday. “We can confirm that we’ve been in contact with NYPD as well.”

Folkes-Taylor, 44, was found unconscious early Sunday morning after Schenectady County dispatchers received a call for a report of a female in-need of medical attention, with the victim pronounced deceased at the scene.

“It looks to be a stabbing death,” Macherone said.

The police agency is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Taylor at its TIPS Line at 518-788-6566. The suspect is listed at 5-foot-9 and 160 pounds.

The Pleasant Street homicide took place six days after Schenectady police discovered Philomen Henry shot to death at 953 Crane St.

The pair of homicides in one week in the Mont Pleasant neighborhood have dismayed local community leaders.

“To have it happen in your own neighborhood is a little scary,” Patricia Ann Smith, President of the Mont Pleasant Neighborhood Association, said. “If it’s domestic violence it’s still a very deep concern because it could be your next-door neighbor, you never know.”

Smith said that Schenectady Police Chief Eric Clifford attended the neighborhood association’s May 11 meeting and told the group that there had not been any homicides in Schenectady up to that point in 2023.

“Unfortunately the first two we have are in Mont Pleasant and that doesn’t bode well for our neighbors and our residents here,” Smith said. “The violence is just unconscionable. It should just not happen. Why is this happening? I know that our police force is doing everything that they can and they do their job well.”

Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy said that both homicides appear to be domestic in nature, which he noted are the hardest incidents to predict and prevent.

“There are intensive investigative resources that are being deployed to put these cases together,” McCarthy said. “I don’t believe the general public has any risk. These seem to be domestic violence in nature.”

City Council President Marion Porterfield said the circumstances surrounding the two homicides were alarming.

“Any time there’s a domestic violence incident or a homicide by any means, I certainly have concerns and would want to make sure that people who are in similar situations know that there are resources for them to avail themselves to, rather than those same situations ending up tragically,” she said.

Contact Ted Remsnyder at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter at @TedRemsnyder.

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