ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Police have made an arrest in a stabbing that happened Wednesday at a local school.
A student at LaSalle School in Albany, 17-year-old Zai-John Vanhoesen, is facing second degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon after police say he stabbed another student at the school Wednesday morning.
On Thursday, the judge set bail at $40,000.
“I would note that this court had set bail in the past and I had given you an opportunity to turn your life around,” the judge said.
Vanhoesen appeared in Albany City Court Thursday afternoon after police say he turned himself in.
He plead not guilty to charges of assault and possession of a weapon, seemingly not taking the arraignment seriously, at one point looking straight into the camera, smiling, and giving a thumbs up.
Court documents say Vanhoesen stabbed another student with a knife intentionally and repeatedly in his leg and chest. The documents go on to say this caused deep puncture wounds and blood loss.
That victim was treated at Albany Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries. Court documents also show that through interviews with at least two witnesses and video evidence, police were able to identify Vanhoesen.
Vanhoesen’s mother was with him in court Thursday, but she did not want to go on camera. She tells NEWS10 ABC that her son is innocent.
The judge also approved a no contact order regarding the victim, including third party contact. A preliminary hearing has been set for Nov. 22.