Rioter Arrested After Caught on Video Pulling Trucker Out of Big Rig and Setting it on Fire
Albany, NY – A man who Albany authorities say helped to pull a trucker out of his truck and then set his big rig on fire during a riot last month has been charged with multiple crimes.
On Monday, 24-year-old Ah-Juan Boyd, of Albany, was arrested and charged with felony riot, arson and criminal mischief stemming from his involvement in a riot that occurred on May 30.
According to police, as well as multiple local media and eye witness reports, rioters stopped a tractor-trailer in the middle of South Pearl Street at approximately 10:30 p.m.
People reportedly surrounded the rig and then climbed onto the hood of the truck and began jumping as chants of “No justice, no peace!” could be heard.
After pulling the driver, whose identity was withheld, from the rig, rioters then lit the trailer on fire.
Images reveal the trailer became fully engulfed and flames could be seen reaching as high as 40 feet in the air.
Albany Police and the Albany Fire Department were alerted to the scene.
Officers in SWAT gear attempted to protect firefighters as they battled the blaze amid hurled rocks, bottles and bricks.
Rioters also looted dozens of businesses during the incident, authorities said.
Following the unrest, city officials estimated local businesses sustained millions of dollars in damages.
Investigators from the Albany Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Unit reviewed surveillance video footage and Boyd was identified as one of the rioters, authorities said.
He was arraigned today in the Albany City Criminal Court and released on his own recognizance.
Further, officials say additional individuals could soon be charged in relation to this incident.
Authorities did not provide an update on the condition of the truck driver involved.
Transportation Nation Network has reached out to Albany police and will provide more information as it becomes available.