Schenectady pair charged in assault allegedly tied to family feud
SCHENECTADY A dispute between two families turned violent, police said, and members of one group are accused of using a sharp instrument to cut a member of the other group in the face and head.
The incident resulted in gang assault charges against two women, and an investigation continues.
The incident took place late Nov. 17 at the corner of O’Dell Street and Kelton Avenue, according to authorities.
“A group of people basically came out of the vehicle, got into a physical altercation with the victims, and there ended up being one victim who did receive cuts to her face,” prosecutor Michael DeMatteo said this week.
Another victim also sustained cuts, although the wounds were not as serious.
One of the suspects is also accused of pointing a handgun at the victim, according to papers filed in court.
DeMatteo said there was some kind of ongoing dispute between the members of two families. The victims who were cut were among a group of three people, he said, while the attackers’ group numbered more than six. All were female.
Veverlyn Martinez, 40, of 234 McClellan St., and Zoraida K. Hernandez, 31, of 1141 Albany St., were each charged with first-degree gang assault and second-degree assault.
The gang assault charge does not allege gang membership, only that the suspect is aided by two or more people. If convicted, each faces as much as 25 years in prison.
Martinez also faces one count of misdemeanor second-degree menacing for allegedly pointing the gun at the victim.
Martinez and Hernandez remained in the Schenectady County jail Wednesday, held in lieu of $30,000 and $20,000 bail, respectively.