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Saratoga Sheriff: Driver in Corinth SUV-motorcycle crash charged in earlier robbery, attempted rape

Saratoga Sheriff: Driver in Corinth SUV-motorcycle crash charged in earlier robbery, attempted rape

Saratoga Sheriff: Driver in Corinth SUV-motorcycle crash charged in earlier robbery, attempted rape
Dylan K. Vella
Photographer: File photo (background); Saratoga County Sheriff (inset)

CORINTH - A Corinth man involved in a Tuesday SUV-motorcycle crash that sent one person to the hospital with critical injuries has now been charged in an earlier robbery and attempted rape, Saratoga County Sheriff's officials said.

The woman the suspect attempted to rape in the earlier incident escaped with minor physical injuries, officials said. A woman who was with her also escaped, officials said.

Four people were injured in the late Tuesday afternoon crash in Corinth, including riders on three motorcycles, officials said. One was taken by helicopter to Albany Medical Center in critical condition.

Dylan K. Vella, 26, of Angel Road, Corinth, was charged with first-degree attempted rape and third-degree robbery, felonies, related to the attack, officials said. The investigation into the crash is ongoing.

Vella is accused of attempting to rape a woman at about 4:15 p.m. at the Stewarts Pond Recreation Area in Hadley, officials said.

Vella is accused of attacking the woman in the parking lot and attempting to rape her. He is also accused of forcibly taking the cell phone of the victim's friend when she tried to take a photo of Vella, officials said.

The women were then able to flee and call 911, officials said.

Vella left, but a short time later collided with the motorcyclists in Corinth, officials said. He then fled that scene on foot, but was taken into custody a short time later.

The crash happened just before 5 p.m. on Main Street, near River Street in the Village of Corinth, officials said.

First responders reported one car and three motorcycles involved, with four people injured.

The four injured were taken to Saratoga Hospital for treatment, and one was then taken by helicopter in critical condition, officials said.

No charges had been filed against Vella related to the crash as of Wednesday afternoon, officials said, but he investigation was continuing.

Vella was arraigned on the robbery and attempted rape charges and ordered held without bail.

The sheriff's office was assisted at the crash scene by the state police, Jessups Landing EMS, Rockwell Falls EMS and Corinth Fire.

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