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Police: Murder arrest in Schenectady Christmas morning suspicious death; Suspect intentionally struck victim with car

Police: Murder arrest in Schenectady Christmas morning suspicious death; Suspect intentionally struck victim with car

Police: Murder arrest in Schenectady Christmas morning suspicious death; Suspect intentionally struck victim with car
Ishwarnand Goberdhan
Photographer: Schenectady Police Department (inset); Gazette file photo (background)

SCHENECTADY -- A man found dead in a city parking lot last month was intentionally struck and killed and the driver has been arrested, city police said Wednesday.

Suspect Ishwarnand Goberdhan hit victim Alejandro Melendez three times in the parking lot of 760 State St. Christmas morning, causing Melendez' death, according to police allegations filed in court.

Goberdhan, 35, of Schenectady, was charged Wednesday with one count of second-degree murder. He was arraigned Wednesday and ordered held without bail.

Melendez' body was discovered just after 8 a.m. that morning in the parking lot at 760 State St. Someone reported to 911 dispatchers a man was down there and responding officers and firefighters found Melendez' body lying in the parking lot.

An autopsy found Melendez died from blunt force trauma from being struck by a vehicle and his death was ruled a homicide.

Arrest paperwork for Goberdhan did not give the time of the murder, but investigators previously asked for witnesses who may have been in the area between 3 and 4 a.m. that morning.

Charges against Goberdhan are based on witness statements, video surveillance and positive identifications of both Goberdhan and his vehicle, police paperwork states.

Investigators zeroed in on Goberdhan soon after the incident and determined he fled the area the day after the attack. 

He returned to Schenectady Wednesday and investigators found him at 1044 Strong St. and took him into custody without incident, police said.

Melendez worked as a chef at the Marriott Hotel on Wolf Road in Colonie, according to his obituary. He had a wife and two children.

Obituary: Alejandro Melendez

Police thanked the FBI, Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the state police for their assistance.

If convicted of the murder charge, Goberdhan would face up to 25 years to life in state prison.

Original post from 12/26/2019 NEWS RELEASE Suspicious Death Update At approximately 8:04 a.m. on December 25, 2019, a...

Posted by Schenectady Police Department on Wednesday, January 15, 2020
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