6 people now charged in plot to rob man that turned deadly
Updated 10:01 p.m.
Police charged two more Troy residents Thursday with being involved in a robbery plot that left a 21-year-old Albany man dead Monday evening, bringing the total number of people arrested to six.
Keyanna Bradley, 18, of 479 8th Avenue, and Mariyah Zeigler, 16, of Building 19, Apt. F, in Corliss Park Apartments, were each charged with fourth-degree conspiracy, a Class E felony.
Both defendants were released on appearance tickets and are scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Troy Police Court.
Police said the pair was involved in the planning of the robbery of Takim Smith on Monday around 6 p.m. in the Corliss Park housing complex. When police arrived, they found Smith suffering from stab wounds to his chest. He was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Troy and died soon after arrival.
Troy police spokesman Capt. John Cooney said the plot was hatched because the suspects believed Smith had recently received a large sum of money. He was flashing jewelry and showing off his wealth, according to Cooney.
“He was playing the part of someone who had just come into some serious money, and that’s why he believe he was targeted,” he said.
Cooney said the women attended Lansingburgh High School with the victim and one of them lured Smith to the Corliss Park complex by sending him a text message with the promise of a sexual encounter.
“The attack then ensued when the victim was most vulnerable,” he said.
The women are accused in the planning but were not involved in the actual attack, according to Cooney. Four men have been charged with second-degree murder: 17-year-old Keith Ferguson and 19-year-old Eric Aaron Mallard, both of 11 Thompson St., 16-year-old Ahziarh Carter, of 486 Fourth St., and 17-year-old Ravenal Gregory Dunbar, of 3064 6th. Ave.
All have been remanded without bail to the Rensselaer County jail.
Video footage from Troy Housing Authority security cameras provided a key piece of evidence in identifying and arresting the suspects, according to Cooney.
No more arrests are expected, Cooney said.