One stabbed, two jailed after apparent drug deal goes bad in Potsdam
POTSDAM — A drug deal gone bad Thursday led to one person being stabbed and two others being jailed, according to Potsdam police.
Potsdam police responded to a 911 call from a person reporting an armed robbery at a Collegiate Village apartments on Main Street. A handgun displayed during the robbery was later found to be an Airsoft-like pistol which was recovered at the scene.The caller described the suspects, who were apprehended by police shortly thereafter while they were fleeing the scene in a vehicle, officers said.
The victim received medical treatment for non-life threatening lacerations to his arm inflicted by a knife, police said.
Search warrants were granted for the location of the robbery and the suspect’s vehicle.
Police found approximately six ounces of marijuana in the vehicle which was occupied by Devon Trent, 22, Bayport, and Lauren N. Gerry, 19, Manorville.
Trent was charged with first-degree robbery: use of a dangerous instrument, second-degree assault: intentionally cause physical injury with a deadly weapon, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon with intent to use, and fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana, police said.
Gerry was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana, officers said. She was in the front seat of the vehicle and was found to have approximately six ounces of marijuana between her feet in plain view.
The arrests took place at 6:51 p.m., police said.
An email alert to SUNY Potsdam students from school officials Thursday said village police were called to an armed robbery report at Collegiate Village, which is on Outer Main Street across the street from the campus.
The investigation at this point indicates that the robbery occurred during a drug transaction, police said.
The investigation is ongoing and more arrests and charges are expected later today.