Two more charged in Johnstown stabbing

JOHNSTOWN – City police on Thursday arrested two more suspects – bringing the total to four – in connection with the stabbing of a young man late Sunday in the city.

Lt. David Gilbo indicated in a news release that two more suspects, brothers wanted in the case, turned themselves in to the Police Department on Thursday afternoon. Both were held for arraignment.

Police said Robert N. Guist, 19, and Joshua L. Guist, 18, both of 54 Academy St., Amsterdam, were charged. Both face these charges: felony counts of first-degree burglary and second-degree assault, and one misdemeanor count of petit larceny.

Police Chief Mark Gifford said today one of the Guist brothers stabbed Christopher R. Kenney Jr., 18, of Johnstown. He declined to say which one.

On Wednesday, city police charged Jared-Corey F. Maye, 20, of 6 Milton Ave., Amsterdam, and Michael A. Rote, 46, of 88 Honeywell Corners Road, Broadalbin. Both of those suspects were held on $50,000 cash bail and $100,000 bond.

Maye was charged with first-degree burglary, second-degree assault and petit larceny. Rote was charged with first-degree burglary and petit larceny.

Gilbo said Thursday the suspects are being charged in connection with the “drug-related” stabbing at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday. He said Maye and the Guist brothers entered an apartment at 34 S. Melcher St. Gilbo said the three took a home-security safe and began to flee the residence. Police said Rote was the getaway driver parked down the street.

“They came there for different reasons,” Gifford said of Maye and the Guists.

During a confrontation with three people in the apartment, Gilbo said, Kenney 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, Gilbo said Thursday.

Gifford said the six people in the apartment at the time of the stabbing were acquaintances.