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Man Arrested After Early Morning Assault in Saratoga Springs

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SARATOGA SPRINGS – A 67-year-old woman was assaulted in the early morning hours of May 22 near Congress Street and South Franklin Street. According to the Saratoga Springs Police Department, the woman was sitting in her car awaiting her husband when the suspect, identified as 18-year-old Antonio Lopez-Bautista, allegedly approached the car from behind before pulling the victim out of her seat.

The suspect was reportedly kicking and striking the woman as he attempted to drag her to a more secluded area, as the victim called for help and tried to escape. An unidentified caller alerted police to a “physical domestic incident” taking place. The suspect fled upon the police’s arrival. As EMS and the first-responding officer tended to the victim, other policemen began searching the immediate area for the suspect. That’s when they discovered Lopez-Bautista hiding under bushes in a dark area close to the crime scene. After a brief struggle, the suspect was taken into custody. The victim was treated at Saratoga Hospital for a bloody nose, as well as cuts and bruises to her arms, elbows, neck and face. She has since been released. Lopez-Bautista is charged with second-degree attempted kidnapping a class-C felony; first-degree attempted rape, a class-C felony; second-degree assault; and misdemeanor criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation. The suspect was arraigned in Saratoga City Court by Judge Jeffery Wait. He was sent to Saratoga County Jail, where his bail has been set at $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond. During the course of the investigation it was discovered that Lopez-Bautista is here in the United States illegally. Saratoga Springs Police have contacted the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau, and the investigation is currently ongoing.

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