Man rams car into Troy store, takes employees hostage, police say

A man is in custody after he allegedly broke into a business in the Capital District and took employees hostage.

Troy police were called to the Stewart’s Shops convenience store on Vandenburgh Avenue around 11:15 p.m. Thursday, June 2, with reports of a hostage situation, police said.

When officers arrived, they said they found heavy damage to the front of the building and two male employees and a suspect inside.

The suspect was standing behind a counter holding what appeared to be a knife to an employee’s throat, police said.

A crisis negotiation team was called and began speaking with the suspect through the broken front door, police said.

Within minutes, the suspect released the employee but continued to stand behind the second worker while holding the gun to his throat, police said.

Nearly an hour passed before the suspect agreed to release the employee, lay down his gun and surrender, police said.

The suspect was arrested and taken to hospital for evaluation. The incident is believed to stem from a mental health crisis, police said.

Investigators said it appears the location and hostages were chosen at random. The suspect used his car to break down the front doors to enter the store, police said.

Neither employee was injured during the ordeal.

Police are still investigating the incident and said criminal charges are pending.

Troy Mayor Patrick Madden congratulated crisis negotiators on the successful outcome and said all Troy police officers are trained to deal with people in mental health crisis.

“Their expert handling of the situation was critical to a peaceful outcome for the suspect and Stewart’s employees, as well as connecting this individual to relevant mental health services,” Madden said.

The Stewart’s Shops store has since reopened to customers.

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