By MICHAEL HALLISEY and JOHN McINTYRE
SELKIRK — An East Greenbush man faces attempted murder charges following an alleged assault at a River Road home that sent one of two victims to the hospital with multiple stab wounds Friday night, Sept. 16. This is not the first time he has been charged in an attack.
According to a Bethlehem Police Department statement, police responded to a domestic incident at 1049 River Road at approximately 9:25 p.m. When officers arrived at the scene they located two victims who had been assaulted. One victim was treated at the scene and the second victim was transported to Albany Medical Center with injuries from multiple stab wounds.
The alleged culprit was not at the scene when police arrived, leading to a search involving Bethlehem police, Albany County Sheriff’s and New York State Police through the heavily wooded area less than a mile from the Henry Hudson Town Park. The agencies were searching for Adam J. Matteson Jr, a 36-year-old from East Greenbush, who is currently on parole and required to wear an electronic monitoring device. During the investigation, police said they learned he had removed his device prior to the incident.
Matteson allegedly stole a 2013 Hyundai from the 300 block of Route 9W in Glenmont to make his escape.
East Greenbush Police Department assisted with the investigation from the beginning and in the early morning Saturday morning, located Matteson near his East Greenbush residence before taking him into custody. The stolen vehicle was also recovered Saturday morning.
The victim that received stab wounds is being treated at Albany Medical Center for his injuries. At this time there is no further update on his condition.
Matteson is being charged with multiple felonies, including second-degree attempted murder, first-degree burglary, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and third-degree grand larceny. He was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child.
A Lengthy record of violence
Matteson was on parole after being released from state prison for being convicted and sentenced to a maximum of seven years with five years post-release supervision for a September 2014 incident where he attacked his former girlfriend in Plattsburgh. He was convicted of strangulation, aggravated family offense and assault.
He was sentenced as a second felony offender at the time and served concurrent sentences. In 2011 in Hudson, Matteson was arrested for punching a man in the face twice and was arrested for attempted assault.
While serving time in the Clinton County Jail as a state inmate, Matteson was arrested and charged with second-degree attempted assault with intent to cause injury to a police/peace officer, a felony; criminal possession of a weapon with a previous conviction, a felony; menacing a police or peace officer, a felony; promoting prison contraband, a felony; and criminal mischief, a misdemeanor, according to a Sheriff’s Office press release.
He was released from prison in September 2021, but did not stay out of trouble for long.
Matteson was arrested again on March 14 for assaulting a police officer in Rensselaer after police received a call from a woman locked in a Stewarts bathroom stating her boyfriend was going to hit and stab her.
When police approached Matteson in the Rensselaer Train Station, he struck the officer causing injuries that required stitches and fled. The police caught Matteson, armed with a knife, hiding under a deck in the city.
In the March case, Matteson was charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon, menacing, criminal mischief, obstruction and harassment. At the time of that arrest, he was also wanted on other outstanding warrants, according to media reports.
Matteson was arraigned in Town of Bethlehem Court and remanded to the Albany County Correctional Facility. A return date was set for Tuesday, Oct. 18.