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Fatal stabbing followed argument at nearby Salvation Army, police say

Perry L. Miller, left, and Sonya R. Hall are shown after being charged in January in the killing of Tammi Washington.
Perry L. Miller, left, and Sonya R. Hall are shown after being charged in January in the killing of Tammi Washington.
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— The woman stabbed to death Monday morning on Clinton Street was killed after an argument that spilled out of the nearby Salvation Army on Lafayette Street, police said today.

Police know of no other connection between the victim, 43-year-old Tammie Washington, and her alleged attackers. Police had earlier believed there was more of a connection.

“It appears they were at the Salvation Army and some sort of disagreement occurred and they were told to take it outside,” police spokesman Lt. Mark McCracken said. “Things escalated to the point where it was physical and during that confrontation, Mrs. Washington was stabbed.”

There were multiple witnesses to the incident, witnesses who helped direct police to the suspects, McCracken said.

Charged with murder in Washington’s death is 33-year-old Perry L. Miller, of Schenectady. A woman he was with, Sonya R. Hall, 43, faces one count each of first-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Both have been arraigned and ordered held.

Miller and Hall were arrested near the corner of Jay and Liberty streets. A knife believed to have been the murder weapon was found along their alleged route from the crime scene.

Washington was stabbed on Clinton Street, between State and Smith streets. She moved to the nearby Bank of America parking lot, where she fell and was found by police. She died a short time later at Ellis Hospital.

The area where she was stabbed is near both Proctors and the Hampton Inn. It is less than two blocks from the Salvation Army, where police say the incident began.

McCracken noted the host of cameras in the downtown area. Police have been going over the camera footage.

He also noted a regular police walking patrol of the downtown, along with police patrols. The walking officer had begun his shift shortly before the stabbing. The walking patrol runs Monday through Friday.

“Acts of violence in the downtown region are not common,” McCracken said. “This is certainly outside the norm. It’s an unfortunate incident. It’s tragic. But it’s in no way indicative of the day-to-day activities down there.”



January 31, 2012
6:20 p.m.

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The Salvation Army is a quasi religious organization that is supposed to care for the spiritual needs of its clients while attending to their physical needs. It seems to me that ordering these three people "to take it outside" was not exactly attending to their emotional spiritual needs. Could the Salvation Army have done more than boot the people outdoors, possibly cold and hungry?? Pets are treated better (for the most part, anyway). The Salvation Army needs to do some soul searching as do the perpetrators.