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04 March 2013
Officials searching for man who assaulted and stabbed Trooper
 Major Steven James
 Troop G Commander
Latham, NY- March 4, 2013

State Police and Albany Police officials are currently searching for Eric L. Green, 18, date of birth February 7, 1995, for questioning in conjunction with the assault and stabbing which occurred on March 3, 2013 on the concourse of the Empire State Plaza on Trooper Rodney L. Smith.
Green’s current address is unknown but he does have ties to the Grand Street area in the City of Albany. Officials are asking anyone who might have seen him or know of his whereabouts to contact 518-474-5330 with any information.
On March 3, 2013 at approximately 3:15 PM, a New York State Trooper on foot patrol on the Concourse of the Empire State Plaza in Albany was assaulted by an individual and resulted in the Trooper suffering from stab wounds.  
Trooper Rodney L. Smith, a 15 year veteran of the New York State Police was approached by an individual who began a conversation with the Trooper regarding being new in town and not knowing anyone in the area. Trooper Smith was in the process of checking the subject’s identification when he was struck in the neck on the left side with a steak knife.
A brief struggle ensued with the Trooper able to fend off the assailant but he also suffered an additional puncture wound to the right side of his neck, his face, and numerous superficial wounds to hands and arms. The unknown subject was able to remove the Trooper’s radio and fled the scene on foot. Trooper Smith was able to call for help using a cell phone.
Trooper Smith remains in stable condition at Albany Medical Center Hospital and is expected to fully recover.
“Our troopers can find themselves in dangerous and sometimes life threatening situations on any given day. Fortunately Trooper Smith is expected to make a full recovery, said State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico. State Police are working with the Albany Police Department as well as other area law enforcement to identify the individual responsible for this senseless attack. In the meantime, our thoughts and prayers are with Trooper Smith’s family.”


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