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City man murdered near boat launch

Suspect taken into custody

Dustin C. Hill, Plattsburgh, is led into Plattsburgh City Court Wednesday morning where he appeared before the Hon. Penelope D. Clute. Hill's preliminary hearing was held that afternoon.

Dustin C. Hill, Plattsburgh, is led into Plattsburgh City Court Wednesday morning where he appeared before the Hon. Penelope D. Clute. Hill's preliminary hearing was held that afternoon. Photo by Jeremiah S. Papineau.

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Jason Larabie

— A city man has been arrested and arraigned on charges of second-degree murder and first-degree robbery.

Dustin C. Hill, 21, Plattsburgh, was taken into custody by the Plattsburgh Police Department Aug. 7 only hours after the body of 32-year-old Jason Larabie, Plattsburgh, was found next to a parked vehicle near a public boat launch shortly before 6 a.m.

According to a press release from the department, officers responded to a 9-1-1 call of an unresponsive male at the boat launch off Cumberland Avenue at approximately 5:44 a.m. The report states Hill allegedly met Larabie in the area of the foot bridge which crosses the mouth of the Saranac River. The two then walked over to the victim’s vehicle where it is alleged Hill struck Larabie before robbing him.

“[Larabie] was murdered and then robbed,” said Police Chief Desmond Racicot. “The defendant had his arm around [Larabie’s] neck and choked him until he was dead.”

Hill allegedly stole money from Larabie’s wallet and then threw the wallet and its contents into the Saranac River before he fled on foot.

On Monday afternoon, Racicot said other details of the incident are not being released as the investigation is ongoing.

“We’re not commenting on what the motive might have been,” Racicot said. “The investigation is continuing and we have the person responsible in custody.”

District Attorney Andrew J. Wylie said Hill was arraigned in Plattsburgh City Court late last Sunday night before acting justice Mark Rogers. The case was adjourned until Aug. 10.

“It’s my understanding Judge Rogers appointed Bill Meconi as assigned counsel,” said Wylie in an interview Monday afternoon. “[Hill] was remanded to jail without bail.”

Wylie said an autopsy of Larabie was performed by Dr. Michael Sikirica, a chief medical examiner from Rensselaer County. The preliminary results showed Larabie’s death was caused by asphyxiation due to strangulation.

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