A Tupper Lake native who lived in Plattsburgh was killed Sunday, and another man has been charged with murdering him.
Plattsburgh city police say they received a 911 call around 5:44 a.m Sunday reporting an unresponsive male subject on the ground near a public boat launch on Green Street. Police and emergency medical personnel responded and found the body of 31-year-old Jason Larabie next to a parked vehicle.
Later that morning, police arrested Dustin Hill, 21, of Plattsburgh, and charged him with second-degree murder and first-degree robbery. Hill was arraigned in Plattsburgh City Court Sunday night and was sent to the Clinton County Jail without bail.
Hill met Larabie near a footbridge over the Saranac River early Sunday morning, police said in a press release. The two then walked over to where Larabie's vehicle was parked. That's when police said Hill allegedly hit Larabie, put him in a chokehold and strangled him to death. Hill then allegedly took Larabie's wallet from his pants, stole the money from it, threw the wallet and its contents into the Saranac River and fled the area on foot, the release states.
More details about the case were not available as of press time.
Larabie graduated from Tupper Lake High School in 1997 and studied at North Country Community College and SUNY Plattsburgh, according to his Facebook page.
According to his page, Larabie worked at Ames until it closed in 2002. He had started work at Grand Union in July 1997 and still worked there, as a customer service manager at the store in AuSable Forks. He had been a substitute teacher for the AuSable Valley Central School District since March 2004.
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