Saratoga County

Man charged in assaults at Fab 8

A former employee of a subcontractor at the GlobalFoundries construction site was arrested late Wedn

A former employee of a subcontractor at the GlobalFoundries construction site was arrested late Wednesday on a felony charge after he allegedly assaulted four construction workers, hurting one of them seriously.

Eddie Robinson Jr., 42, of Sheridan Avenue, Albany, was arrested by Albany police based on an investigation by the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department.

Robinson has been charged with one count of felony first-degree assault, for allegedly striking a former co-worker with a fire extinguisher. He also faces three counts of misdemeanor third-degree assault for allegedly attacking three other workers.

The incident occurred about 2:15 p.m. Wednesday in a third-floor work area of the Fab 8 plant, where about 1,000 workers are completing construction of a new $4.6 billion computer chip factory scheduled to open next year.

Deputies said Robinson is a former employee of Ducci Electrical Contractors of Torrington, Conn., one of the subcontractors on the site, and he assaulted former co-workers.

One victim was struck several times in the face with a fire extinguisher and suffered facial fractures. He was transported to Saratoga Hospital, and later Albany Medical Center, deputies said.

Two other people allegedly assaulted by Robinson were taken to Saratoga Hospital for treatment, while a third was treated by the Malta Ambulance Corps but declined to go to the hospital.

None of the victims were identified by police. GlobalFoundries said in a statement Thursday afternoon that it has been notified all the assault victims had been released from hospitals.

Robinson had fled the scene by the time police arrived, but investigators were able to locate him with help from Albany police. He was jailed in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or a $100,000 bond set by Ballston Town Justice James Fantauzzi.

Access to the construction site is controlled at a security gate, and it isn’t clear how Robinson got onto the property.

“We have added additional security at the site as a precaution,” said GlobalFoundries spokeswoman Jessica Shahda.

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