JOHNSTOWN -A Gloversville parolee who exchanged gunfire with city police officers in 1993 was arrested on burglary and weapon charges Friday.
City police Chief Mark Gifford said Tuesday that Raymond M. Greenfield Jr., 40, of 11 Eighth Ave., Apt. 1, was charged at 5:45 p.m. Friday.
Lt. David Gilbo said Greenfield was charged in connection with a burglary at 2:45 a.m. Friday at Red's Service and Repair, 479 N. Perry St. He also faces counts related to other burglaries. He was charged with: third-degree burglary, petit larceny, third-degree criminal mischief, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.
Greenfield was arraigned Tuesday in City Court and sent to the Fulton County Jail pending further court action.
Gilbo said Greenfield, who works second shift at Euphrates at the Johnstown Industrial Park, is suspected in numerous burglaries of businesses and vehicles in the city in July and August. Gilbo said Greenfield would allegedly get off work at night and steal items while riding his bike along the Rail Trail through Johnstown, back to his Gloversville home.
Gilbo said among the places Greenfield allegedly stole from were: Precision Auto and Buanno Warehousing, both on Townsend Avenue; and from vehicles at 4 Sight on North Perry Street. Among items stolen were camping equipment, bolt cutters and credit cards. Gilbo said Greenfield faces charges in Gloversville, as well, because he allegedly used stolen credit cards at Price Chopper on North Main Street. Greenfield also is accused of stealing a handgun from American & Foreign Auto Repair, 498 North Perry St.
"I arrested [Greenfield] 20 years ago," Gifford said of an incident on July 7, 1993.
Authorities at the time said Greenfield was a 21-year-old from Amsterdam who was out of prison on parole for burglary when he raped a woman in Gloversville. After that occurred, police said, Greenfield was southbound in a car in Johnstown when Gifford and another officer tried to stop Greenfield to warn him of a blanket sticking out of his car. The blanket was hiding a shotgun.
Police said Greenfield led the officers on a chase across Route 30A and to a cul-de-sac off South Perry Street. He fired at officers with a 12-gauge shotgun and abandoned his vehicle there. City police fired back but Greenfield dodged them and escaped. He eventually gave himself up two days later.
He was later convicted in Fulton County Court of first-degree rape and reckless endangerment, serving several years in state prison before being released and coming back to the area.