Teen remanded to jail for allegedly robbing nun

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – Police said that it was in the area of Chrisler and Vermont Avenues where a teen robbed a nun and snatched her purse.

According to authorities, the victim suffered minor scratches and bruising. Neighbors were able to provide a detailed description of the suspect.

“I opened the doors to my business, and I heard the sister screaming,” Mark Leszczynski said.

Leszczynski said he was at work on Chrisler Avenue when he heard a neighbor scream for help late Thursday afternoon.

“I rushed out there and asked her what was wrong,” he explained. “I thought she might have fell, and she said the gentleman just ran that way.”

Leszczynski realized the screams were from a nun who had just been mugged. He said he immediately called 911 and attempted to chase the mugger down the street by car and then by foot until the suspect jumped a six foot wall.

Police then took over and chased down the suspect, 17-year-old Shawaski Kirk of Schenectady. They found him on a roof of a garage in the area of 1064 Lakeview Ave.

“They were able to locate him within a short time and take him to custody without incident,” Lt. Mark McCracken with the Schenectady Police Department said. “He climbed I guess. I mean, when you are scared, and the police are chasing you, you’ll do whatever you have to do to get away.”

When officers arrested him, police said Kirk had other items on him that were reported stolen on that day from cars in the Mont Pleasant neighborhood.

“He’d been on a crime spree,” McCracken said.

Authorities said this is the same teenager who was arrested three days prior for stealing. Kirk was arraigned and posted bail on Tuesday for those charges.

He was in court again on Friday for his arraignment on the new charges. The judge revoked his bail, and he will remain in jail for all charges.

Kirk’s next court appearance is Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. for a preliminary hearing. The judge has also issued an order of protection for the victim.

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