SARATOGA SPRINGS – A 38-year-old man was sent to Albany Med early Tuesday morning and a Saratoga Springs man was arrested after a fight on Caroline Street escalated into a slashing, police said.
Additional charges are possible, police said.
Police later described the victim’s injury, after emergency aid, as non-life-threatening.
Arrested mid-day Monday was Chalmers D. Davis, 43, of Saratoga Springs. He was charged with first-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, felonies.
The fight happened sometime around 2:30 a.m. on Caroline Street, where a handful of recent violent incidents and gun-related arrests have raised concerns among city officials.
Officers, who have ramped up their presence on Caroline Street during the late hours of the weekend, were called to the area between Pavilion Row and Henry Street for a fight that had taken place between two men, police said.
The officers arrived to find the victim with a significant cut to his left arm. Due to the severity of the cut, officers administered emergency aid prior to the Saratoga Springs Fire Department arriving, police said.
The suspect left the scene before to officers arriving. The investigation, however, soon identified Davis as a person of interest and police took him into custody around noon Tuesday, police said.
The investigation determined the incident started as a verbal argument between the two men then it escalated into a physical confrontation where Chalmers ultimately used a knife, police said. The incident does not appear to have been a random attack.
Chalmers was arraigned and ordered held without bail.