BALLSTON SPA – A Clifton Park man accused in separate attacks on women in Malta and Saratoga Springs has been indicted in the cases and is due in court for arraignment this week, Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen said.
Tyler J. Gaston, 26, faces charges of first-degree sexual abuse and second-degree assault in both cases and one count of second-degree unlawful imprisonment in the Saratoga Springs attack. All the charges are felonies.
Prosecutors filed the indictments with the court late last week, Heggen said. Gaston is due in Saratoga County Court for his arraignment Wednesday morning.
Gaston was originally arrested Sept. 26, accused of attacking a woman on the Zim Smith Trail in Malta at around 4 p.m. that day. He approached the woman from behind in the area of Ruhle Road South and attacked her, Saratoga County Sheriff’s officials said.
He fled and the woman then got help from other people on the trail. Deputies canvassing the area then found a witness who reported a suspicious person linked to a vehicle.
Authorities soon had that vehicle stopped and soon arrested Gaston and ordered held on $100,000 bond, officials said.
The victim suffered an injury to her face in the attack and was treated on scene by Malta EMS.
With the suspect in the Malta attack in-hand, investigators turned to the Saratoga Springs attack, which happened Sept. 23, three days prior to the Malta attack.
In that case, a woman was attacked at about 10 a.m. that day at Maplewood Cemetery, a small cemetery at Weibel Avenue and Loudon Road and close to large commercial plazas.
That victim reported she had been attacked by a man while walking through the cemetery, subjected to forced sexual contact.
Saratoga Springs Police then charged Gaston in that attack, as well. He was arraigned and ordered held on $40,000 bail or $80,000 bond in that case.
Gaston has since posted enough bail or bond money to be released, officials said. With an indictment now against him, his bail status could be reviewed at Wednesday’s arraignment.
Gaston is being represented by attorney Andrew Safranko. Safranko could not be reached for comment Sunday.