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Schenectady police: Pair commit second robbery days after release

Schenectady police: Pair commit second robbery days after release

Schenectady police: Pair commit second robbery days after release
Insets: Tyreek James, left, Omari Williams, right Background: An officer at the scene of their initial arrests Aug. 8
Photographer: PHOTOGRAPHER: SCHENECTADY COUNTY JAIL (INSETS); PETER BARBER/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER (BACKGROUND)

SCHENECTADY -- Two Brooklyn men robbed a city cellphone store last week days after being released in an earlier case that also involved an armed robbery in the city, authorities said.

Among the numerous charges the men face in both incidents are possession of two expensive stolen cars, including a $130,000 Porsche; fleeing police at a high rate of speed in Schenectady; first-degree robbery in Schenectady; and robbery in Albany, authorities said.

Tyreek James, 22, and Omari Williams, 24, remain in jail.

In the most recent case, James and Williams are accused of robbing the Metro PCS on Aug. 19 at 1203 State St. in Schenectady while armed with a knife and a hammer, just after 3:30 p.m., according to police allegations filed in court.

Police based the charges in part on video footage of the incident.

The robbery happened five days after the pair were released on earlier robbery and stolen property charges as prosecutors sought more evidence in that case, according to Assistant District Attorney Eamonn Neary.

In that earlier case, the pair were accused of collaborating to rob the State Street Grocery, 1521 State St., just after 5 p.m. on Aug. 5.

James allegedly directed Williams to rob the store. Williams, armed with a handgun, made off with $400 in cash and four packs of cigarettes, police said.

The pair were arrested on those charges the afternoon of Aug. 8 on Division Street after police responded in force to search for suspects in an Albany robbery. Police ordered James, Williams and others out of the residence at gunpoint. 

James also faced a charge of possessing stolen property, a Porsche. He allegedly possessed it in the area of Westover Place and Paige Street just after 1:30 p.m. Aug. 4 in Schenectady. The vehicle had been reported as stolen in New York City.

James and Williams were arraigned on those charges and ordered held, James on $20,000 bail and Williams without bail.

However, the two were released Aug. 14 because prosecutors needed more time to gather sufficient evidence to continue to hold them, Neary said.

The pair then allegedly robbed the Metro PCS on Aug. 19. Two days later, police spotted them in another stolen car, a 2011 Audi A8, a vehicle reported stolen Aug. 16 in New York City, according to the police allegations.

James, as the accused driver, failed to stop for officers just after 11 a.m. Aug. 21 in the area of Watt Street and Altamont Avenue. He sped off at more than 25 mph over the speed limit, through stop signs and red lights and drove down the wrong way on a one-way street, according to police.

Police caught up with the car off Schenectady Street and took both into custody after a foot chase, according to the allegations.

Prosecutors have since served the court with notices that the men have been indicted in connection to the Metro PCS robbery, Neary said, so they will continue to be held. 

The men also have a robbery arrest warrant waiting for them in Albany, officials said. Details in that case were not available this week.

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