Wednesday, 10 April 2013 11:27

Arrest Made In Assault

By Patricia Older | News

SARATOGA SPRINGS — A Saratoga Springs man with a lengthy criminal history was arrested on Tuesday night for allegedly cutting off a portion of friend’s ear and slicing the left side of his face with a machete. The assault occurred following an argument the pair had while at a cookout at 149 Grand Avenue. 

Russell Duffney, 46, who resides at 149 Grand Avenue, was arrested and charged with first degree assault with a deadly weapon and criminal possession of a weapon. While Duffney is currently on felony probation, state records do not show him serving any prison time in New York. 

Lt. John Catone of the Saratoga Springs Police Department said that witnesses reported that after a fight broke out between Duffney and the victim, Duffney grabbed a 36-inch machete and swung it at the victim, striking the left side of his face and ear. 

Friends transported the injured man to the hospital where he was taken into surgery to repair the wounds. Police were notified by the hospital of the assault and after talking to the witnesses and victim, headed back to 149 Grand Avenue, where Duffney was located and arrested. 

Duffney, who is presently on felony probation, was processed and jailed last night without bail due to seriousness of the crime. He later complained of chest pains and was transported to Saratoga Hospital where he is currently under police guard. 

Lt. John Catone said once Duffney is released from the hospital, he will be transported to Saratoga County Jail to await arraignment on the charges. 

“Mr. Duffney will be remanded to the Saratoga County Jail after he is released,” said Lt. Catone. “He is not eligible for bail because of his prior felony convictions.” 

He said that the victim was in surgery last night and that he is listed as in serious condition with non-life threatening injuries. 

If convicted of the charge, Duffney could receive up to 25 years in state prison. 

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