Updated 03/04/2013 02:13 PM
State Police ID man wanted for questioning in trooper stabbing
A teen is wanted for questioning in connection with the stabbing of a trooper on the concourse of the Empire State Plaza on Sunday. As the search for Eric Green, 18, continues, people at the Plaza try to wrap their heads around the assault. Megan Cruz has more.
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- State Police have released the name of the man they are looking
to question in connection with the stabbing of a trooper on the concourse of the
Empire State Plaza on Sunday. Officials are asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of David Green, 18, to call (518) 474-5330.
Meanwhile, a day after a Trooper Rodney Smith was stabbed, things seem to be back to normal at the Plaza.
"It looks normal," said Department of Aging employee Patsy Earl. "Looks like a normal day."
The same can't be said for just the day before. On Sunday, police say a homeless man stabbed Trooper Smith several times in his neck and face.
As legislators, state workers and visitors file into the concourse, some reminders of the assault right here on the steps off of the Madison Avenue entrance: Police tape, broken handrails, blood splatter on a revolving door.
"I actually feel pretty nervous," said Department of Health employee Lorie McHale. "I park a half a mile away so I have to walk here by myself and come down here. I don't feel safe now, no."
State Troopers patrol the concourse Monday. Public Information Officer Mark Cepiel tells us it's the same number walking the beat as usual. But people we spoke with say it's not the lack of police presence that's a problem.
"Anyone can kind of come in here and I've seen people here at different hours and different times," said Nicole Bryan Spencer, who also works for the Department of Health.
Many say it's the homeless they see loitering around and that sometimes they've felt uncomfortable.
"For the Martin Luther King, there was one homeless person that was shouting at my daughter and I as I walked," said Earl. "Was a little scary, but you know, Troopers are around."
But back in 2002, a similar incident happened at the Concourse. A homeless man also attacking Trooper Stephen Russom, fracturing his elbow, some cuts and bruises. Alton Finch, 33, took off, but was later arrested and charged with second degree assault.
"People are doing crazy things for crazy reasons," said McHale. "Don't know if there's a way to stop it or make people feel more comfortable."
State Police said Green's address is not known, but he has ties to the Grand Street area in the City of Albany.
Green's last known address was on Grand Street in Albany. If you have any information about the teen, contact the State Police at (518) 474-5330.