Teens charged after alleged assault of state trooper in Albany on July 4

ALBANY — Three 18-year-olds from Amsterdam are facing charges in connection to an incident at the Empire State Plaza on the Fourth of July when two of the teens allegedly assaulted a state trooper while attempting to evade arrest for setting off fireworks, according to a police press release.

The incident unfolded at approximately 9:30 p.m. when a state trooper on bicycle patrol at the Plaza during the Fourth of July celebration observed an individual setting off Roman candles in a crowded area just as the annual fireworks display got underway.

The individual identified only as an 18-year-old male allegedly resisted arrest and punched the trooper in the face, at which time a second 18-year-old male allegedly joined the “scuffle” and also punched the trooper.

Additional troopers arrived on the scene and after a brief struggle both subjects were taken into custody. Two troopers were treated for minor injuries as a result of the incident.

Both of the 18-year-old males identified in state police records as being from Amsterdam were each charged with second-degree assault, a class D felony, and resisting arrest, a class A misdemeanor.

One of the males was additionally charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief while the other male was additionally charged with second-degree reckless endangerment, both charges are class A misdemeanors.

A third individual, an 18-year-old female from Amsterdam, was also taken into custody in connection with the incident and charged with second-degree reckless endangerment.

According to a state police spokesperson, the names of the individuals are being withheld due to their age as anyone under 19 may be eligible for youthful offender status, including those facing felony charges.