Second arrest made in stabbing

GLOVERSVILLE — A second suspect from the Capital District has been charged with felony conspiracy in connection with Saturday’s stabbing death of 59-year-old Gloversville resident William J. Guzek.

The Gloversville Police Department on Thursday issued a news release indicating that Ja’Quah McCall, 19, of Albany was arrested.

McCall was charged “related” to Guzek’s homicide, police said.

Police said that shortly before 9:30 p.m. Saturday, officers were dispatched to 37 E. Tenth Ave. — a warehouse where Guzek resided — on a report of a “stabbing in progress.” Upon arrival, officers located and rendered lifesaving aid to the stabbing victim, Guzek, inside the large warehouse building. Other officers interviewed several bystanders and checked the building and area for potential suspects. The Gloversville Fire Department and GAVAC arrived on scene a short time later, took over lifesaving efforts and transported the victim to Nathan Littauer Hospital, where Guzek was later pronounced dead.

A 15-year-old Gloversville juvenile was incarcerated in the case, charged Tuesday for second-degree murder for allegedly stabbing Guzek to death. The juvenile’s name is not being released. He is being held without bail.

Thursday’s news release said McCall has been charged with first-degree conspiracy, a class A-1 felony. Gloversville Police Department detectives allege that McCall, being over 18 years of age, conspired with someone under the age of 16, to commit a Class A felony.

McCall was arraigned before City Court Judge Traci DiMezza Thursday night. The chief court clerk said today that McCall was remanded to the Fulton County Jail without bail, pending another court appearance Wednesday.,

The police investigation into Guzek’s death remains active, the release said.

At this time, there is not believed to be any ongoing threat to the public. No additional information is expected to be released.

The Gloversville Police Department continues to be assisted by the state police, Albany Police Department, and the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Gloversville Police Department at (518) 773-4513.

Police have already said it appears the victim was familiar with his attacker and the crime was “not random.”

Officers said that while still on scene for Saturday’s stabbing, Fulton County dispatchers at the 911 Communications Center on Route 29 started receiving multiple calls about potential suspects in different areas of the city. With the assistance of additional agencies, officers responded to these calls and stopped, detained and interviewed the subjects described by the callers.

Saturday’s stabbing was the second stabbing death in Gloversville in a month.

A 5:54 p.m. March 27 stabbing resulted in Adam W. Mitchell, 52, of 207 N. Main St., Apartment 2A, arrested for second-degree murder for allegedly stabbing and killing Joseph Robert Hoyt, 39, of 207 N. Main St., Apartment 3B. Police located Hoyt on the second floor at 207 N. Main St. Police began to render medical aid to him, as they requested emergency medical services to the scene. Hoyt was transported to the Nathan Littauer Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.


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