Concerned caller credited for arrest of man in alleged rape in Schenectady alley

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
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— A call from a concerned citizen helped lead to the arrest of a local man on kidnapping and sexual assault charges, authorities said.

Andre Ward, 46, of Glenwood Boulevard, is now facing an indictment, officials said Wednesday, though details of that indictment haven’t been released.

Ward is accused of holding a woman at knifepoint May 5, moving her some distance into an alley off Brandywine Avenue and making her perform a sex act on him, according to court papers. He is also accused of choking her.

Ward was arrested last week on one count each of second-degree kidnapping and first-degree criminal sexual act, both high-level felonies that could draw sentences of as much as 25 years in prison.

Police said Wednesday the suspect and victim didn’t know each other. Court papers indicate she identified him from a photo array.

Prosecutor Jessica Lorusso said it was a concerned citizen who alerted authorities to the incident. The witness saw a man dragging or pulling a woman into the alley just before 7 a.m. May 5 on Brandywine, near Eastern Avenue.

The witness also heard crying, Lorusso said. This prompted the witness to dial 911. Police arrived to find both Ward and the woman. Charges were then brought last week, at the conclusion of the police investigation.

Lorusso this week commended the caller for alerting authorities.

Ward also faces one count of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a felony, for allegedly possessing the knife after having previously been convicted of a crime in Guilderland in 2006, according to court papers, as well as second-degree menacing and criminal obstruction of breathing, both misdemeanors.

Ward remained in the Schenectady County jail Wednesday without bail.

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