Blasdell, NY (WKBW) -- Police say 18-year-old Albert Jackson confessed to stabbing an elderly man and taking his friends on a high speed chase in the victim's car Wednesday. The victim, Frank Bartolomeo is recovering at home tonight. He tells us that this crime didn't have to happen, but now the suspect has to pay the price.
71-year-old Frank Bartolomeo is lucky to be alive today. "I was scared. I thought this was it. I really did." Bartolomeo says he accidentally walked a man stealing from his Blasdell garage Wednesday afternoon. "He just came at me and started punching me."
Police say that suspect is 18 year old Albert Jackson. Today, police put a bag over Jackson's head as he is led into Hamburg Town Court. Bartolomeo says the suspect picked up a knife that he found in the garage, and started stabbing the homeowner over and over again in the back of his head. "He kept going on saying my mom just died. As if that's a reason to be going crazy."
Jackson allegedly took his wallet, 10 dollars in cash, and his car keys. The homeowner was instructed to lay on the ground while Jackson allegedly stole his car. "I don't think he would have done it. He said he was going to. I really don't think he would have. I think he was scared and told me he would kill me so I wouldn't do anything. Keep me in my place, you know, don't move or I'll kill you."
Police say Jackson took that car on a joyride. He picked up three friends in Buffalo. A witness spotted the car Wednesday night, and Jackson led police on a high speed chase before crashing out side of Coca-Cola Field where he was arrested.
Jackson allegedly was stealing a cooler and a battery charger. Bartolomeo says there is nothing valuable in the garage and the attack was senseless and random. "I feel bad for the guy. He's got to pay the price. It was stupid and nothing was gained by it."
Jackson now faces charges of attempted murder, assault, burglary, and grand larceny. He will be arraigned in court Friday. Hamburg Police tell us Jackson has at least one burglary charge on his record already. As for the high speed chase in Buffalo, police there tell us Jackson and his friends aren't facing charges. but it is still under investigation.