Arrests made in Johnstown stabbing case

JOHNSTOWN – City police on Wednesday arrested two suspects in connection with the Sunday night “drug-related” stabbing of a teen at a South Melcher Street apartment, and they are looking for two other suspects.

Lt. David Gilbo said today Jared-Corey F. Maye, 20, of 6 Milton Ave., Amsterdam and Michael A. Rote, 46, of 88 Honeywell Corners Road, Broadalbin – were charged.

Both were held on $50,000 cash bail and $100,000 bond.

He said Maye was charged in Amsterdam with one felony count of first-degree burglary and two misdemeanor counts of second-degree assault and petit larceny.

Gilbo said Rote was charged at his Broadalbin home with first-degree burglary and petit larceny.

The arrests stem from a stabbing incident at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday, Gilbo said, when three males – Maye, and two other suspects police are looking for – entered an apartment at 34 S. Melcher St. Gilbo said the three took a home security safe and began to flee the residence.

“Basically, the reason for stealing the safe was for drugs or money,” Gilbo said.

He said Rote was the getaway driver parked down the street.

During a confrontation with three people in the apartment, he said, Christopher R. Kenney Jr., 18, of Johnstown, was stabbed four times in the back with a knife.

Gilbo said people in the apartment took Kenney to Nathan Littauer Hospital, and from there he was airlifted to the Albany Medical Center Hospital. He was due to be discharged this week, the lieutenant said.

Maye and Rote were charged Wednesday after an investigation, but Gilbo said city police are seeking two more subjects believed to be involved in the incident.

Gilbo said that although Maye was charged with assault, he is not necessarily the stabber. He said it hasn’t been “nailed down” yet who did the actual stabbing.

Gilbo said police also are searching for the two remaining suspects who are believed to be hiding out in the Broadalbin or Amsterdam area. They were identified as: Joshua L. Guist, 18, and Robert N. Guist, 19. Police said the two are brothers.

Police say Joshua Guist is known to hang out in the Johnstown and Gloversville area and has relatives in Amsterdam. Police say Robert Guist also uses the name “Gage Guist” and was last known to be hiding in the Broadalbin area. Gilbo said he has relatives in Amsterdam.

Police are asking for anyone with information on the whereabouts of the two remaining suspects to call 736-4021. Calls will be kept confidential. Warrants have been issued for the suspects.