Man in Gloversville knife attack pleads

Moore

JOHNSTOWN — A Gloversville resident who stabbed a stranger in an unprovoked attack last spring in that city may be going to prison for a dozen years.

Joshua P. Moore, 29, of 220 Kingsboro Ave., Apt. 3, pleaded guilty Wednesday before County Court Judge Polly A. Hoye to one felony count of first-degree assault.

Sentencing was adjourned until a later date, but Moore is expected to receive 12 years in state prison.

He also must do five years post-release supervision, make unspecified restitution, and a stay away order was issued on behalf of his stabbing victim.

Moore was arrested May 11 by Gloversville police, charged with second-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Fulton County District Attorney Chad Brown said Thursday that Moore’s second-degree assault charge was upgraded by Gloversville police to first-degree assault at the City Court level “based on the injury” of the victim.

The arrest was made following a reported stabbing on the Rail Trail, in the area of North Main Street and West Tenth Avenue. The initial call described a male who was riding a bicycle wearing only a bed sheet around his body and a leopard print blanket on his head with a knife who attempted to stab someone.

Moments later, dispatchers requested ambulance service for a male located at the Price Chopper on North Main Street who had been stabbed in the back.

Members of the city patrol and detective divisions responded to the scene and encountered Moore. Police said the suspect was not compliant, but officers were ultimately able to take Moore into custody. Officers said with Moore detained, police turned their attention to assessing the condition of the male who had been stabbed. He was found to have sustained a puncture type stab wound to his abdomen.

Officers commenced a search of the area for the knife used in the stabbing with the assistance of a K-9 deputy from the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office. The K-9 deputy was able to locate the knife and it was secured as evidence.

The male stabbing victim received medical treatment at Nathan Littauer Hospital.

Gloversville police in a news release issued following Moore’s arrest characterized the attack as being “random in nature, and wholly unprovoked.”

Moore has a criminal record prior to the stabbing. He was committed to state prison on March 20, 2014 following conviction on one count of third-degree attempted robbery, a Class E felony. He was paroled Oct. 17, 2016.

For that crime, the then-24-year-old Moore and his brother — Samuel T. Moore, 20 — were sentenced March 13, 2014 in Fulton County Court for up to four years in state prison for threatening to use a weapon in an attempt to steal money at Fulton County’s tourism center in the fall 2013.

State police arrested the Moores on Oct. 18, 2013, charging them with first-degree attempted robbery, endangering the welfare of a child and petit larceny. State police said troopers received a complaint of an attempted robbery at Fulton County’s Gateway to the Adirondacks Visitor Center at 3687 Route 30 in Vail Mills.

Troopers said the Moores threatened the use of a weapon to try to steal the victim’s money. The victim was able to give a description of the two men and the Moores were found during a search of the area, state police said.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

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