3 stabbed in Friday fight charged with first-degree burglary

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GLOVERSVILLE — Three men were arrested by Gloversville police today in the early Friday morning stabbing that sent at least two of them to Albany Medical Center.

Justin Neu, 24, of 72 Homestead Drive, Gloversville, Rodney Johnson, 17, of 27 Maple St., Gloversville and Vincent Vautrin, 17, of 44 North Center St., Fonda were all charged with first-degree burglary, armed with a dangerous weapon.

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.

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

Police received a report at 2:10 a.m. Friday morning of “fights” in progress at 16 Bloomingdale Ave.

When they arrived, the fight had broken up and the suspects, “unknown” to the occupant of the home, had fled the scene.

One of the men “wandered over” to 27 Maple St. following the altercation, where a small puddle of blood could still be seen that morning. He went to Nathan Littauer Hospital and was transferred to Albany Med. Another one of the men also went to Nathan Littauer and he was also transferred to Albany Med. The third man 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.

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

Scott said three search warrants were executed on Friday.

“That same day, members of the Gloversville Police Department detective division, with assistance of Fulton County District Attorney Chad Brown, as well as members of the New York state police Bureau of Criminal Investigation executed three sepearate search warrants on a residence, a vehicle and personal property related to the case,” said Scott. “The property secured as a result of the executed search warrants, along with interviews conducted, ultimately led to charges being filed against [the three men.]”

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

“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 arraigned and 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 in prison.

By Chad Fleck

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