City police are investigating an attack on Albany Street near Brandywine Avenue, where the suspect or suspects lighted a woman on fire before fleeing the scene.
Investigators were en route to the Albany Medical Center Hospital with the victim, who suffered burns to her back, shoulders and side of her face, according to city Police Det. Kevin Green. The incident was first reported around 7:45 p.m. behind the Planned Parenthood building on State Street.
“We attempted to talk to her, but she was in a lot of pain,” he said from the scene.
About a half-hour later, police issued an all-points bulletin to be on the look out for a tan 1997 Toyota Camry and a gray 1990 Dodge Colt, which witnesses saw fleeing the scene of the attempted robbery, according to scanner reports. Calls place to the deputy chief’s office at the Schenectady Fire Department were not immediately returned.
It is unclear whether the attackers used an accelerant on the woman. One witness who declined to give her name said she smelled lighter fluid from the scene.
Green was unsure of the motive for the attack. Initial reports attributed the incident to a robbery, but investigators later said the attack may have stemmed from an altercation.