TROY, N.Y. – Troy police have made two more arrests Thursday night, making a total of six arrests in connection with the fatal stabbing of a Troy man which occurred Monday.
Police confirmed Thursday they believe the attack that killed 21-year-old Takim Smith, of Troy, was planned in advance by the suspects, people who police believe he trusted.
Police believe the four teens charged with murder knew that Smith had just been awarded more than $60,000 in a medical settlement and, with intentions of robbing him, used the females to lure him to the apartment Monday night with a promise of sex as bait. Once Smith was there, police believe that is when the robbery turned into a fatal stabbing.
Smith's family says the suspects knew Takim, a working father of three, and they had all grown up together.
Troy police arrested 18-year-old Keyanna Bradley, of Troy, and a 16-year-old female from the Corliss Park Apartments in Troy on Thursday night. They were each charged with Conspiracy 4th-degree.
According to police, the investigation has determined that the defendants were involved in the planning and/or execution of the robbery of Smith.
Both defendants were released on appearance tickets with an arraignment scheduled on Feb. 14, in Troy Police Court at 8:30 a.m.
Four other teens have been arrested and charged with murder in connection to the crime. Arrested Tuesday night were 19-year-old Eric Mallard and 17-year-old Ravenal Dunbar, both of Troy. These arrests came in addition to the initial arrests of 17-year-old Keith Ferguson and 16-year-old Ahziarh Carter, both of Troy, in connection to Smith's death.
A march was held Thursday at the Corliss Park Apartments in honor of Smith. The march, organized by Pastor Willie Bacote, was attended by family members and friends of the 21-year-old father of three with another child on the way.
Smith's mother spoke prior to the march, saying that she is heartbroken over her son's murder, but she is choosing not to hate.