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Sheriff: Dutchess County man charged with murder in Clermont

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    Authorities investigate a fatal stabbing death outside 120 Pleasant Vale Road in Clermont early Sunday. Lance Wheeler/For Columbia-Greene Media
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    New York State Police’s Forensic Investigation Unit helps gather and collect evidence from the scene of a fatal stabbing at Pleasant Vale Road in Clermont. Lance Wheeler/For Columbia-Greene Media
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    An alleged stabbing left one person dead outside 120 Pleasant Vale Road this weekend. Lance Wheeler/For Columbia-Greene Media
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    Robert Streib
November 3, 2019 04:39 pm

CLERMONT — A Dutchess County man is being held without bail after he was charged with murder in connection to a fatal stabbing Sunday, police said.

Robert Streib, 36, of Red Hook, was charged with second-degree murder, a class A-1 felony, at 12:57 p.m.

Police were called to 120 Pleasant Vale Road at about 1:30 a.m. to a report of a person with stab wounds.

Columbia County Sheriff’s deputies arrived to find the alleged victim, later identified as Glenn Unson, 43, of Clermont, suffering from several knife wounds to his chest and abdomen.

Deputies applied first aid until paramedics arrived. Unson went into cardiac arrest and succumbed to his injuries while Northern Dutchess Paramedics attempted save him. Unson died a short distance from his home, District Attorney Paul Czajka said.

“Clermont is usually a quiet town,” Sheriff David Bartlett said. “It is a terrible thing to have happened down there today.”

Bartlett and Czajka held a joint press conference about the incident Sunday afternoon at the sheriff’s headquarters, 85 Industrial Tract. They were accompanied by the sheriff’s lead investigators Kevin Skype and Mark Dunspaugh.

Unson, police said, had been stabbed several times, but authorities did not know exactly how many times he was struck. His body is being taken to Ellis Hospital in Schenectady for an autopsy to be performed by pathologist Dr. Jeffrey Hubbard.

“At no time was there a danger to the community, and the investigation has shown that this was not a random act since both parties were known to each other,” Bartlett said.

The investigation into the alleged stabbing is still in its early stages, Czajka said.

“We’re not prepared right now to discuss any motives or the reason behind the conduct,” Czajka said. “The two persons in question did know each other for some time, and they have had a relationship going back some years. They were not home at the time. They were driving. The incident occurred a short distance from the decedent’s home.”

Bartlett described the scene after deputies arrived: Streib was seen leaning over Unson, who was lying on his back on the ground, police said. Streib did not attempt to flee, and was taken into custody without incident, Czajka said.

Streib was found at the scene with superficial wounds to his face, Czajka noted.

“The defendant was apprehended without incident and he was completely cooperative,” Czajka said.

Authorities declined to discuss whether the defendant made any admissions to authorities.

The sheriff’s deputies did recover a knife at the scene, but authorities declined to say what kind of knife was allegedly used.

The alleged victim’s sister saw her brother on the ground and called 911. The Unson family lives in a cluster of houses near their farm on Pleasant Vale Road, Czajka said.

The altercation began in a vehicle at the southeast corner of Route 9 and Pleasant Vale Road. A second team of investigators was seen combing that area Sunday. Police say the victim was then driven to 120 Pleasant Vale Road, where Unson’s sister lives.

“It was not apparent that the incident occurred other than where the deputies found the defendant until sometime later,” Czajka said. “Sheriff Bartlett did not discover this second scene until sometime after they had all arrived.”

Sheriff’s investigators continue to piece together what happened before the incident, and where the two men had been before, Czajka said.

“We’ll be canvassing the whole area,” Bartlett said. “Again, this is an ongoing investigation, so we’re in the very preliminary stages.”

Police said there was no indication the incident was planned.

Streib was arraigned by Clermont Justice Ronald Banks on a murder charge. Streib asked for an attorney, Czajka said, and Chief Public Defender Michael Howard was called to represent him. Howard waived a preliminary hearing for Streib in court.

Czajka declined to say whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the incident.

“I don’t know that it is appropriate right now to necessarily discuss the illnesses or afflictions of either person right now,” Czajka said. “There may be questions as to those issues. That we will explore as the investigation continues.”

The New York State Police Forensic Investigative Unit, along with uniformed troopers, were called in to assist with the two crime scenes. Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka responded to the scene and his office is assisting with the investigation.

“I commend the sheriff and Senior Investigator [Kevin] Skype for their prompt response and for seeking assistance from the state police Forensic Investigation Unit,” Czajka said.

Columbia County Coroner Bernadette Powis assisted at the scene.

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