Cohoes man admits robbing Nisky gas station

A Cohoes man accused of two Niskayuna gas station robberies as part of a string of business robberies across four counties admitted to one of the Niskayuna robberies Monday.

Ismael Maxwell, 26, appeared in Schenectady County Court Monday and pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree robbery, a felony.

He admitted to robbing the Stewart’s on Balltown Road on July 18. The plea was in satisfaction of allegations related to another Niskayuna robbery, one at the Xtra Mart on Route 7 near the Colonie line on April 26, prosecutor Michael DeMatteo said.

In both Niskayuna robberies, Maxwell was accused of going in and demanding money from the clerks. His face was obscured during the heists. No weapon was displayed and no one was hurt.

In exchange for his plea, Maxwell is to get 2 to 6 years in state prison at his January sentence.

Maxwell faced similar robbery allegations in Saratoga, Albany and Rensselaer counties.

Maxwell’s Schenectady sentence is to be served after his Albany County sentence of 2.3 to 7 years in prison. His sentences in Saratoga and Rensselaer counties are to run concurrently, DeMatteo said.

Maxwell was arrested in August after a McDonald’s robbery in Loudonville.

He was accused of robbing the Osborne Road McDonald’s just after 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 17, demanding money from the restaurant’s safe. Maxwell implied he had a weapon, but did not display one, police said then.

Police responded and set up a perimeter. After getting calls about the man’s possible whereabouts, an officer spotted Maxwell on Collegeview Drive and took him into custody. Money taken in the robbery was found with Maxwell, police said. No weapon was found.

Maxwell pleaded guilty there to third-degree robbery in exchange for the 2.3- to 7-year sentence. That plea was also in satisfaction of allegations related to two uncharged Albany County robberies, Albany County District attorney’s officials said.