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DA: Cell phone key to 2018 Schenectady shooting investigation

DA: Cell phone key to 2018 Schenectady shooting investigation

The shooting happened in June 2018; No one was hurt
DA: Cell phone key to 2018 Schenectady shooting investigation
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SCHENECTADY -- A cell phone call placed following June 2018 shooting in the city proved key in leading police to the suspect in the case, a prosecutor said last week.

The call led police to cell phone location data that placed the suspect in Schenectady right at the time of the shooting, prosecutor Brian Gray said.  

While no one was injured in the shooting, the shooting itself involved a man luring his intended victim to a door with a knock, then the suspect firing through the door, just below the peephole, Gray said.

The intended victim had approached the door, but was off to the side when the suspect knocked, Gray said.

Charged in the case is Jordan Suarez, 24, of Latham. He was indicted earlier this year on one count each of second-degree attempted murder, first-degree attempted assault and two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, felonies.

Suarez was indicted in April and appeared in court on his case this past week.

Suarez is accused of trying to kill the intended victim June 20, 2018, on Frank Street after an apparent dispute over family-related issues, Gray said.

Suarez is accused of driving to Schenectady from Brooklyn just before the shooting and returned home afterward, Gray said.

Investigators were led to Suarez by the phone call. After learning that the intended victim was unharmed in the incident, Suarez is accused of calling the victim and making further threats. 

Investigators got a search warrant for the phone number used in that call and found that the phone location data showed the phone traveled to Schenectady from Brooklyn and then traveled back to Brooklyn. The shooting happened while the phone was in Schenectady, Gray said.

Police then arrested Suarez in New York City in an unrelated case about a week after the Schenectady shooting and he had that phone on him during the arrest, Gray said.

Cell phone location data has been important to other high-profile cases in recent years, including the 2018 investigation into the disappearance and murder of Michaela MacVilla in Fulton County and the 2016 murder-for-hire plot that led to the death of Charles Dembrosky in Schenectady.

The case against Suarez remains pending and Suarez remains held.

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