Updated 03/15/2011 09:17 AM
Albany officials hold news conference on weekend riot
Albany police say more arrests will be made after hundreds of college students rioted hours before Saturday's St. Patrick's Day Parade. A half dozen people have been charged so far. Our Erin Vannella reports.
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Albany Police Chief Steve Krokoff and District Attorney David Soares say the students involved in the riots Saturday morning before the St. Patrick's Day parade will pay.
Police were called to the scene near Hudson Avenue and Ontario Street where hundreds of students stood by and watched while others jumped on cars, broke car windows, as well as smashed TVs and microwaves.
Officials say more than 40 students have been criminally charged. Police released four mug shots: Patrick Fries, 21, Joseph Almazon, 21, and Carl Petrucelli, 21, have been charged with reckless endangerment, rioting, resisting arrest and criminal possession of a weapon, along with Samantha Cohen, 20, who was arrested for assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest.
Albany County District Attorney David Soares says the Albany police will work to make sure all of those involved are held accountable.
"For many students it was the day after when the hangover set in that the pain was coming. But let me deliver this message to many of you who felt or believe now that you've gotten away with something. The pain is forthcoming, you will be held responsible," Soares said.
Soares and Albany Police Chief Steven Krokoff say they expect more arrests to be made once the video footage is fully reviewed and participants are identified.