SARATOGA SPRINGS — Four people were injured, including two who were hospitalized, following a pair of weekend assaults along Caroline Street, the latest in a series of violent incidents to occur along the popular corridor in recent months.
The first incident occurred at approximately 3:28 a.m. on Oct. 30, when police responded to a large fight in the roadway near Caroline and Henry streets, according to a news release.
The altercation had ended prior to officers arriving, but police discovered a pair of victims that had sustained injuries during the melee.
A 22-year-old male, who police did not identify, sustained “blunt force injuries to his head” as a result of the fight, while a 35-year-old male had sustained “minor stab wounds” to his abdomen, according to police.
The 22-year-old was transported to Albany Medical Center. The 35-year-old was treated at the scene and released.
On Oct. 31, officers responded to an incident at Gaffney’s at the intersection of Caroline and Putnam streets at approximately 1:52 a.m., “which staff had addressed,” according to the release.
Two victims at that altercation required medical attention as a result of the incident, including a 35-year-old male who sustained stab wounds to the torso. He was transported to Albany Medical Center.
A 26-year-old male sustained lacerations to his hand and was treated at the scene, according to police.
None of the injuries sustained during the assaults are believed to be life-threatening, according to police, who noted that cooperation from those involved has been “minimal.”
Police did not immediately return a message seeking additional information on the incidents.
The assaults are the latest in a series of violent incidents that have taken place along Caroline Street in recent months, which has resulted in increased police presence and has city officials seeking to close bars early in the hopes of preventing additional violence.
In August, two brothers were arrested and charged with first-degree manslaughter following an alleged assault outside a city tavern. The victim, 56-year-old Mark French, sustained a head injury, which he later died from.
Four people were arrested in October for their alleged role in an attack and robbery in a parking lot that abuts Caroline Street.
In June, a fight involving 15 to 20 people along the corridor broke out, resulting in a 26-year-old male being stabbed and several gunshots being fired. Several stabbings took place along the street in August as well.
In August, the city council approved a resolution asking the county Board of Supervisors to request the state Liquor Authority restrict the sale of alcohol for on-site consumption to 2 a.m. in the county instead of 4 a.m.
The change would have to be approved by the state and could take months.
Police, meanwhile, are asking anyone with additional information on this past weekend’s assaults to contact 518-584-1800 or call 518-584-TIPS to remain anonymous.
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