3 stabbed during break-in; all face charges

A small puddle of blood was found on the driveway at 27 Maple Street in Gloversville on Friday. Rodney Johnson, one of the alleged intruders who was stabbed, resides at 27 Maple St., according to police. (The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)

GLOVERSVILLE — Three men have been charged with burglary following an incident in which they were stabbed after breaking into a Bloomingdale Avenue residence, according to city police.

Charged Tuesday with first-degree burglary, armed with a dangerous instrument, were:

∫ Justin Neu, 24, of 72 Homestead Drive, Gloversville.

∫ Rodney Johnson, 17 , of 27 Maple St., Gloversville;

∫ Vincent Vautrin, 17, of 44 N. Center St., Fonda;

Officers said that at around 2:10 a.m. on May 12, they were called to simultaneous reports of a fight in progress at 16 Bloomingdale Ave., and a report that two individuals had arrived at the Nathan Littauer Hospital emergency room suffering from stab wounds.

Capt. Michael Scott of the Gloversville Police Department said the three men “had a beef” with the occupant of 16 Bloomingdale Ave. when they broke into the home.

He said the resident fought back against the three, resulting in all three of the alleged intruders receiving lacerations.

The three had fled the area before police arrived.

As to how the three, armed with knives, ended up being stabbed themselves, Scott said the occupant of the residence “more than likely was defending himself.”

One of the men “wandered over” to 27 Maple St., Johnson’s address, following the altercation, where a small puddle of blood could still be seen later that morning. The city fire department later washed blood off both Bloomingdale Avenue and Maple Street.

During the course of the police investigation, it was determined that the two individuals who arrived at Nathan Littauer Hospital had been stabbed during the fight at 16 Bloomingdale Ave. They were transferred to Albany Medical Center.

The third man in the group was later found at Albany Med, Scott said.

“We are still investigating, but he may have just been cut,” said Scott of the third suspect.

Only one of the three was admitted to Albany Med. The others were treated and released.

“They had minor injuries with the exception of the one who was admitted,” said Scott.

The same day, members of the Gloversville Police Department Detective Division, with the assistance of Fulton County District Attorney Chad Brown, aand members of the state Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, executed three separate search warrants on a residence, a vehicle, and personal property related to the case.

The property secured as a result of the search warrants, along with interviews conducted, ultimately led to charges being filed against Johnson, Vautrin, and Neu.

“All three are in custody and have been arraigned,” said Scott, adding the investigation was still ongoing and more charges could follow.

The suspects were sent to Fulton County Jail in lieu of bail. Johnson and Vautrin are jailed on $35,000 cash bail or $75,000 bond and Neu is jailed on $50,000 cash or $75,000 bond.

If convicted of the charges, the men could face a minimum of five years and a maximum of 25 years in prison.

Gloversville Police are still requesting that anyone who may have information relating to this incident to call the Gloversville Police Department at (518) 773-4506 or through Mohawk Valley Crime Stoppers mohawkvalleycrimestoppers.com.

Scott said all three of the men charged are known to police. He declined comment when asked if drugs were involved.

By Chad Fleck

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