Albany man accused in violent bike theft now charged with murder after victim dies
ALBANY A man accused of stabbing and kicking a teenager has now been charged with murder.
The teenager died on March 21, nearly a year after he was attacked. Police say Juan Anderson, who was 18, tried to steal a bicycle from the victim, who was 15 at the time.
When the victim refused to give up the bike, Anderson allegedly stabbed the boy in the neck and then kicked him in the face after he fell to the ground.
The boy was left paralyzed. He died suddenly 10 months later, after making some progress medically and being allowed to go home.
District Attorney P. David Soares said in a press release that although the victim lived for many months after the attack, his death was a result of the stabbing. He “succumbed to his injuries,” Soares said.
Anderson was arrested days after the May 25 attack and charged with felony robbery. That charge was upgraded to murder on Wednesday.
Anderson remained in the Albany County Correctional Facility without bail. He faces up to life in prison if convicted of murder.