Two Saratoga Springs men were arrested Saturday night in connection with the death of 56-year-old Mark French of South Carolina and formerly Saratoga Springs, city police said Monday.
Jordan Garafalo, 38, and James Garafalo, 27, both of Saratoga Springs, on Saturday night were each second-degree felony assault in connection with the incident, according to Saratoga Springs police. They were arraigned Sunday and were being held at Saratoga County Jail without bail as of Sunday. Police on Monday continued to investigate the incident and new charges were still possible, police Lt. Bob Jillson said. The county District Attorney’s Office had also been brought into the case.
The two men allegedly assaulted French near Caroline and Henry streets around 11 p.m. Saturday night after the Garafalos were kicked out of Clancy’s Tavern.
French’s family wrote in a social media post Monday that he died Sunday and that details of a service later this week would be posted soon.
“We know how important so many of you were to him & wanted to make sure everyone has their chance to say goodbye,” the Frenches wrote in a post to his Facebook page, which had garnered hundreds of responses of condolence by Monday night.
French formerly lived in Saratoga Springs but had relocated to South Carolina, Jillson said.
Police over the weekend said they had found French unconscious in the road Saturday night and said he had suffered head trauma as a result of an assault. The Saratoga Fire Department provided emergency medical treatment and eventually transported him to Albany Medical Center for more medical care. Saratoga police said that in their investigation they found that the Garafalos had caused the victim’s injuries during a physical assault. Jillson on Monday said the Garafalos had left the scene of the assault by the time police arrived but that they were detained soon after. He said police were patrolling the downtown area but that no officer directly witnessed the incident.
The Garafalos both have had run-ins with the police in the past: James Garafalo was convicted of two separate first-degree criminal contempt charges and sentenced as an 18-year-old; Jordan Garafalo has previously been charged with harassment and acting in a manner injurious a child, according to police records.
Police asked that any witnesses to the incident or others with information contact the department by calling 518-584-1800 or by calling 518-584-8477 to remain anonymous. People can also email information to the department at [email protected].