Police seek suspect in Johnstown attack
JOHNSTOWN — City Police are currently on the hunt for a man following a “violent domestic dispute” which occurred Wednesday at 7 Briggs St. in which the victim received injuries severe enough she had to be taken by helicopter to Albany Medical Center.
Authorities say Patrick A. Kane is on the run after an alleged attack on his girlfriend. The victim was found in the second floor apartment with “severe facial injuries.”
Police responded to the scene of the incident following a disorderly conduct call made by a neighbor at 11:51 a.m.
Neighbor Hollie Posey, a witness who said she was awoken by the sound of sirens, said she saw armored police with “big guns” storm the Briggs Street home.
Later, the victim was seen being removed from the house on a stretcher with blood clearly visible on her hands, Posey stated.
Police units then left the area of the incident in pursuit of Kane who had fled the scene, while other units remained to question witnesses. At least one K-9 unit was dispatched and was seen, along with numerous other police units, combing the streets along Maplewood Avenue, as the suspect was last seen heading north along Collingwood Avenue.
Several streets were cordoned off, including parts of Grove Street, Mason Street and Briggs Street between Perry and Collingwood. The victim was transported from the scene by ambulance and brought to JAVAC. A LifeNet helicopter was called in, landing in the lot behind JAVAC before quickly taking off again with the victim en route to Albany Med.
Johnstown Police Chief David Gilbo said the victim’s condition at this time is unknown, but that “she was able to speak as of this morning.’
He said there is no “evidence to believe this was a stabbing.”
The suspect, Kane, is currently wanted by the Johnstown Police Department for felony assault and other charges.
Kane, 59, was last seen wearing a gray tank top and blue jeans. He is described as being “5 feet 8 inches tall, 160 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes,” according to the release. Kane is also known to have several tattoos including his dog’s name on his leg and a “Tiki mask” on his back.
Gilbo said that he is not sure if Kane is still in the area.
“We know that the suspect has ties to the Herkimer/Ilion area and also to New Jersey, particularly Wildwood. So there is a chance he’s on his way to one of those areas.”
In a message to the suspect, Gilbo stated, “At this point in time, we know you were at the scene. You just need to turn yourself in and tell us your side of the story.”
When asked if Kane posed a significant threat to the public, Gilbo stated that, although Kane did inflict serious injury to the victim, “This was a domestic incident between the two people involved.”
Those with information on the suspect are being asked to call the Johnstown Police Department. Police also ask that should anyone see Kane, not to approach the suspect but to instead immediately call 911.
The Johnstown Police were assisted by the Gloversville Police Department, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, and the New York State Police.