NORTH GREENBUSH, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Those who knew Bill Chamberlain say he was well respected, a hard worker, reliable and someone who could always put a smile on your face.
On Friday night, police made a big announcement in connection to the murder telling the community they can feel safe again.
“It’s like if someone called up and said so-and-so had a heart attack your say oh gee, but when people you know, people you worked with… It doesn’t sit well,” said friend, JoAnn Evers.
Friends of 56- year-old Bill Chamberlain are still coming to terms with the news of his murder, just one night after police say he was found stabbed and dying near his Wynantskill home.
Sources close to the investigation say the long time Troy City official had been stabbed more than 20 times. Officials tell NEWS10ABC he was out walking his dog near his Powell Street home Thursday night when he was attacked. His wife went looking for him when their dog returned but he did not.
“We have identified a suspect in connection with the fatal stabbing of William D. Chamberlain.” said Chief Robert Durivage.
That suspect: 28-year-old Joseph Vandenburgh.
For now, he’s locked up on a parole violation and not yet charged with Chamberlain’s death.
“We’re not ready at this time to present any type of charges to the DA’s office. It could actually compromise a successful prosecution by doing such right now…” said Chef Durivage.
So, police will continue to work all leads until they feel confident they can move forward with more charges in connection with this heinous act.
“This is a horrible crime that happened. Again as I stated earlier, it doesn’t make a difference where it is whether it’s in a suburban town or in a city. This is a homicide. It doesn’t get any worse than this,” Chief Durvage said.
The harsh reality of a brutal crime… followed by words of encouragement from the police chief…
“The key thing right now is the family. At least at this point we have some splice that we are on the right track. The people in that neighborhood in the town can feel safe and secure tonight,” the Chief stated.
North Greenbush Police say a suspect is in custody, found in connection with the stabbing of Troy official, William Chamberlain.
“We have made significant progress in the homicide investigation. We have identified a suspect and believe that forensic evidence we have is significant. I will follow up tomorrow after we get some rest. The officer’s and dispatchers did an outstanding job and the State Police, Troy RCSO were great. NYSP had well over 35 people working on this case with us all day,” – Chief Robert Durivage.
Vandenburgh is on parole for a previous conviction of Burglary in the First Degree and is now being charged with Violation of Parole.
“The Investigation is ongoing at this time and we still have many leads to pursue. We again urge anyone who was in the area of State Route 66 & 150 or Marion Avenue on Thursday evening around 10-10:30 p.m. and may have information regarding this incident, are asked to contact the North Greenbush Police at (518) 283-5323” – Chief Robert Durivage.