Schenectady man jailed after attack with stick
SCHENECTADY A city man was sent back to jail Friday after being charged with a high-level felony for allegedly attacking a fellow boarding house resident with a large wooden stick, authorities said.
Meanwhile, a prosecutor said, the victim remained hospitalized a week after the attack.
In custody is Michael G. Fitzgerald, 53, of 449 McClellan St. He is accused of attacking the other man around 11 a.m. Nov. 8.
The attack left the 59-year-old victim with a broken leg and bruises and abrasions around his body, according to court records. The man remained hospitalized as of Thursday, prosecutor William Sanderson said.
He said the attack stemmed from a nonviolent dispute. The victim accused Fitzgerald of contaminating food on a stove and was concerned enough that he told Fitzgerald that he was going to tell police about it. He even put a note to that effect on Fitzgerald’s door.
In response, Fitzgerald allegedly attacked the victim on the home’s second floor. He pushed the victim down a set of stairs, then grabbed the large wooden stick and beat the victim with it, Sanderson said.
Fitzgerald is also accused of at one point trying to choke the man with the stick.
Finally, someone else in the house heard the victim call out and called police. When officers arrived, they initially had difficulty getting inside because the victim was laying against the front door.
Fitzgerald was still on the scene and was arrested. He faces one count of first-degree assault, a felony that carries a possible sentence of up to 25 years in state prison upon conviction.
He also faces one count of misdemeanor strangulation, second-degree menacing and second-degree reckless endangerment.
He remained at the Schenectady County Jail on Friday, held in lieu of $35,000 bail.