Schenectady man accused of assaulting soldier

Friday, April 12, 2013
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A surveillance camera at the Wal-Mart store on Washington Avenue Extension in Albany captures the alleged assault Thursday night of an unidentified U.S. Army captain by Yiqiang Wu, 47, of Schenectady.
A surveillance camera at the Wal-Mart store on Washington Avenue Extension in Albany captures the alleged assault Thursday night of an unidentified U.S. Army captain by Yiqiang Wu, 47, of Schenectady.

— An attack on a uniformed U.S. Army captain Thursday in a Wal-Mart checkout line has a Schenectady man facing a hate crime charge.

Yiqiang Wu, 47, of Schenectady, is accused of punching the captain in the Wal-Mart store on Washington Avenue Extension about 6 p.m.

The captain, who was not identified by Albany police, told officers the man behind him in line, Wu, began to make derogatory statements to him about the United States and the captain’s military service. Police said Wu then followed after the captain as he tried to leave the store and struck him several times in the face.

The captain sustained bruises to his face and a cut over one eye. He was treated at the scene by fire department personnel.

The incident was captured on a store surveillance camera, and Wu was arrested at the scene. He was charged with third-degree assault as a hate crime, arraigned this morning in Albany Criminal Court and released on $5,000 bail.



April 12, 2013
7:29 p.m.
corckmh says...

To the U.S. Army Captain,

I'm sure I speak for many when I say THANK YOU for your service to our country. I'm sorry you suffered such an insult.

Best of luck to you in the future.

April 12, 2013
10:45 p.m.
muggy says...

OK. May I ask where Mr. Yiqiang Wu is from? Seeing as the Gazette didn't seem fit to ask the most obvious question. Does Mr. Wu love America? Is he a legal resident? Did he read the Constitution? This is an outrage. But Mr. Wu has a lot of company. He's got the entire Democrat Party behind him. He's also got the MSM behind him. Nothing to see here. Move along everyone.

April 13, 2013
2:03 p.m.
tplansing says...

Captain, I salute you for your service and heroism in the service to our country. It is shameful that you have to come home and hear such BS here on our home soil from someone that we don't know if he is even a legal citizen of this country. Therefore, if Mr. Wu doesn't like this country and all the benefits that the democrats have bestowed on him, that he is welcome to pack his bags and return to his home country, where I am sure he will be welcomed with open arms and loving kindness. Because we do not need the likes of this guy in our country. Or I am sure that there is a room for him at Guantomano Bay! Where he can join his al Queida friends.

April 13, 2013
2:16 p.m.
cidbil says...

To say Mr. Wu is an idiot, would be giving idiots a bad name. He should be fed to his own pigs.

April 13, 2013
2:29 p.m.
wmarincic says...

I have to applaud the restaint of the Captain, had I have been there and witnessed it Mr. Wu would still be in the hospital at best. I have two kids in the Army including my daughter. send this guy back to the craphole that he came from.

April 13, 2013
3:38 p.m.
jerryrock says...

Both men are American citizens. Wu should be treated no differently than any American who assaults another. Bringing this to the level of a hate crime is reaching on the part of the prosecutor. Although there was a bill introduced to add Military and Veterans status to the Hate a crime statute, There is no indication that it was ever passed. It is still listed in open legislation. They would be hard pressed to pass the Bill since you don't have to be a US citizen to serve in our military.

April 14, 2013
8:01 a.m.
daily says...

@jerryrock - depending on what was exactly said to the victim, you could be wrong. If he made defamatory statements regarding the victim being American, than per the Penal Law (Article 485) definition of a Hate Crime....this can, and will stick. I don't think it would hinge upon him being a serviceman, as they are not protected within the article but rather just being American. Even US citizens can discriminate against other Americans, it happens all the time for one reason or another.

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