Rioter Caught Violently Pulling Trucker From Rig and Setting it Ablaze Faces New Charges
Albany, NY – A 24-year-old man who was allegedly caught on video physically pulling a trucker from his rig and then setting it ablaze during a riot on May 30 is now facing new charges.
Ah-Juan Boyd, of Albany, was charged this week with third-degree arson and second-degree riot stemming from his involvement in yet another riot.
Albany Police investigators say Boyd, and other accomplices, surrounded a patrol car near First Street and Henry Johnson Boulevard in Albany during a riot at police headquarters on June 1.
Boyd allegedly then set a mattress on fire and placed it against the police vehicle causing it to become engulfed in flames.
He also allegedly used a similar tactic on the evening of May 30 when Albany Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Unit investigators say he was identified on video as one of the people responsible for stopping a tractor-trailer in the middle of South Pearl Street at approximately 10:30 p.m.
According to video surveillance, police say rioters 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 physically pulling the driver, whose identity was withheld, from the truck, the 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.
On June 15, Boyd was arrested and charged with felony riot, arson and criminal mischief for his role in that incident.
He is currently being held in Albany County Jail following an arraignment.