Authorities not saying what stabbed trooper's 'ties to Utica area' are
ALBANY, N.Y. (WKTV) - Authorities are not elaborating on what the reported 'ties to Utica' were in regard to a State Trooper who was stabbed in Albany. According to New York State Police, Trooper Rodney Smith was working Sunday in the concourse of the Empire State Plaza when he was approached by a man who said he was new in town and needed help. As Smith was checking the man's identity, officials say the man stabbed the trooper in the neck. Smith is recovering in an Albany hospital and authorities say they want to question an 18 year old named Eric Green, whose address was not known. At a press conference on Tuesday, a State Police representative stated that Trooper Smith 'had ties to the Utica area.' However, State Police Troop G, which handles the Albany area, said they were declining to elaborate on the comment. Local State Police representatives said they had no record of Smith working in the area. Around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, it was reported that a suspect had been taken into custody in the stabbing. Further details are expected to be released later in the afternoon.