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Man involved in Schenectady standoff faces charges

Man involved in Schenectady standoff faces charges

The standoff occurred on June 4
Man involved in Schenectady standoff faces charges
A man shouts from the front porch during an extended standoff with police on Plymouth Avenue in Schenectady on June 4.
Photographer: Marc Schultz

SCHENECTADY -- The man involved in a nearly 6-hour standoff on Plymouth Avenue last week was charged Tuesday with multiple felonies related to the incident, according to court documents.

Daniel Keary, 35, barricaded himself inside his home while armed with a rifle and threatened to shoot police officers in the head during the incident, according to police statements accompanying the charges. He was arrested on a warrant at Albany Medical Center Tuesday, according to court documents.

The charges accuse Keary of pointing the rifle, a Remington .30-06 semi-automatic, at several police officers during the standoff. Court documents also state Keary threatened to throw grenades at the officers, though Schenectady Police Sgt. Matt Dearing, spokesman for the police department, said no grenades were recovered.

Dearing had also previously said police recovered multiple long guns from Keary's home, but it is unclear what those other weapons were.

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Keary’s actions prompted nine people in the upstairs apartment of the building -- six children, three of whom were Keary's, and three women -- to lock themselves in their apartment, according to court documents.

The six children and a person described as a “female friend” hid in their bathtub to avoid being shot, according to court documents.

Court documents indicate the incident began around 1:30 p.m. on June 4 when Keary took his wife’s iPhone 8 and threw it onto the sidewalk, causing a crack to the back of the phone.

The standoff then began at around 3:15 p.m., causing several police officers, SWAT officers and snipers to cordon off the Plymouth Avenue home. The standoff ended when Keary came outside at 8:51 p.m. with his hands in the air and was apprehended.

During the standoff, Keary was seen coming in and out of his home, yelling obscenities at the police. He also was said to have been punching the walls and threatening to kill himself by tying a noose around his neck, according to court records.

A police negotiator could be heard during the standoff asking Keary to not harm himself and to think about his children.

Members of the Town of Colonie Special Services Team and negotiators from the FBI assisted the Schenectady Police Department during the standoff.

There were also a couple of family members involved in the negotiations to help Keary surrender.

Keary was charged with six felonies: third-degree robbery, first-degree reckless endangerment, menacing a police officer or peace officer, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, third-degree criminal mischief and first-degree unlawful imprisonment.

Keary was also charged with six misdemeanor counts of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child.

Keary faces a felony criminal possession charge due to having the rife after previously being convicted of a misdemeanor.

In 2009, Keary was arrested on endangering the welfare of a child and menacing charges. Police said he was swinging a hammer and butcher knife while threatening people in front of his home.

He did this while saying “I’ll kill ya,” and “I’ll cover the snow in your blood,” according to court records, which also said he threatened to grab his .45 gun and shoot them.

Court records indicate he later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor menacing charge and was sentenced to time served.

Keary was arraigned Tuesday in Schenectady City Court, where he pleaded not guilty. He was sent to Schenectady County Jail on $30,000 cash bail or $70,000 bond.

He is due back in court on June 15.

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