SCHENECTADY -- Three men in their 20s were taken into custody following a flurry of police activity on Division Street last Thursday. However, the suspects were later arrested for completely unrelated incidents.
Albany Police notified Schenectady police Thursday afternoon that they had traced suspects in an alleged armed robbery that took place there to a residence on Division Street.
Around 3 p.m., several individuals were forced out of the residence at gunpoint by Schenectady Police’s Special Operations Response and detained for questioning by Albany Police.
According to police allegations filed in court, two men associated with that particular residence on Division Street were later charged for their involvement in a different armed robbery that occurred in Schenectady earlier in the week.
Those two men, Tyreek James, 22, and Omari Williams, 24, both of Brooklyn, were each charged with one count of first-degree robbery for collaborating to rob the State Street Grocery, located at 1521 State St., at gunpoint just after 5 p.m. on Aug. 5, according to police allegations.
In those allegations, James is accused of directing Williams to rob the store, whereas Williams is accused of taking $400 in cash and four packs of cigarettes while pointing a handgun at the clerk.
James and a third man, identified as Rayquan J. Williams, 23, also of the Division Street residence, were both accused of tampering with evidence, a felony. According to police allegations, James is accused of giving Raquan Williams approximately $545 to hide from authorities. While police allege those funds are the proceeds from a robbery in Albany, they have not indicated whether the money is from the same robbery which prompted last Thursday’s search.
In a separate set of police allegations, James also faces one count of second-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a felony. He is accused of possessing a 2018 Porsche valued at $130,000 in the area of Westover Place and Paige Street just after 1:30 p.m. Aug. 4. The vehicle had previously been reported as stolen in New York City.
On Monday, an Albany police spokesman declined to elaborate on the investigation into the armed robbery which initially prompted the search at the Division Street residence. The spokesman added that no arrests have been made in that case.
Both James and Omari Williams remained in custody at the Schenectady County Jail on Monday, James on $25,000 bail and Omari Williams without bail. Records show that Rayquan Williams has since been released on $20,000 bond.