SARATOGA SPRINGS – A man was recently taken by a medical helicopter to Albany Medical Center with severe brain injuries stemming from a fight in a wooded homeless encampment next to 34 West Ave.
Jon Morse, 26, and whose address was listed as homeless in arresting documents, is scheduled to appear in City Court Thursday on a charge of second-degree assault with intent to cause a serious physical injury.
The alleged incident occurred Feb. 11.
Police received a 911 call, and the victim was identified in court papers as Joseph Murray Jr.
After an investigation that included an admission by Morse, police determined Morse struck Murray with closed fists, causing him to fall to the ground.
The impact resulted in Murray suffering brain hematoma (a broken blood vessel damaged by an injury), hemorrhaging and a left temporal bone fracture.
A witness identified Morse later that evening walking on Washington Street, and police arrested him there at about 8 p.m.
Morse allegedly told a police officer Murray had tried to steal his dog.
Morse told the officer Murray “grabbed me by the shirt so I shoved him to the ground and punched him in the head.”
Morse has been in custody at the Saratoga County Correctional Facility in lieu of $100,000 bond.
Contact reporter Brian Lee at [email protected] or 518-419-9766.