ALBANY — A 21-year-old Delmar man was arrested for throwing a brick at a police officer during the riot outside the South Station.
According to Albany police PIO Steven Smith, on Saturday, May 30 at around 7 p.m. James Vail allegedly threw the brick at the head of a uniformed Albany officer on Arch Street. The officer sustained a concussion and was treated at the hospital. Vail is also charged with throwing a brick through the window of a marked Albany police car parked at the station, causing the window to shatter.
The rioters threw stones, bricks and garbage at police officers at the police station until sunset. They then moved up Pearl Street and East on Central Avenue causing damage to countless buildings and looting several stores. At one point a tractor trailer was set on fire on Pearl Street and a car burned on Central Avenue.
Vail stands charged with inciting a riot, criminal mischief, assault and attempted assault.
He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Albany City Criminal Court.