Saratoga Springs man accused in machete attack at cookout
Updated 10:17 p.m.
SARATOGA SPRINGS A 46-year-old Saratoga Springs man has been charged in a Tuesday night machete attack that left another man with a slashed face and partially amputated ear.
Russell Duffney of 149 Grand Ave. was arrested late Tuesday and charged with first-degree assault, a class B felony, and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class D felony.
Just after 8 p.m. Tuesday, police responded to Saratoga Hospital for a report of a man who had been brought in with a serious cut to the left side of his face. Officers interviewed him and learned he was at a cookout at 149 Grand Ave. when an argument broke out between him and Duffney, police said.
The investigation showed Duffney picked up a 36-inch machete and swung it at the victim’s head, cutting off part of his left ear and slashing the left side of his face. Friends took the victim to the hospital, and staff notified police.
Officers and investigators then responded to 149 Grand Ave., where Duffney was located and taken into custody, and statements were taken from witnesses. Officers also searched the area of Grand Avenue between Beekman and Walnut streets for the machete.
Duffney, who police said has a lengthy criminal history and is on felony probation, was initially taken to police headquarters, but later taken to Saratoga Hospital and treated for chest pains. He will be arraigned when released from the hospital and sent to the Saratoga County jail after arraignment. He is not eligible for bail because of his prior felony convictions.
The victim underwent surgery later Tuesday and was listed in serious condition with non-life threatening injuries.