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Charges filed in Schenectady assault and arson

Charges filed in Schenectady assault and arson

Charges have been filed against a Schenectady man in connection with a Monday assault and fire, auth
Charges filed in Schenectady assault and arson
Police and fire officials investigate the scene at 322 Michigan Ave., Schenectady after a stabbing and suspicious fire on Monday morning.

Charges have been filed against a Schenectady man in connection with a Monday assault and fire, authorities said.

The assault, originally thought to be a stabbing, ended up being an assault with a bar clamp, police said. The victim ended up suffering a fractured orbital bone, according to papers filed in court.

Everett C. Campbell, 50, of 322 Michigan Ave., faces one count of first-degree assault and second-degree arson, both felonies.

He also faces one count of endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor, in connection with a child being present at the time of the attack.

Campbell is accused of hitting the 49-year-old woman in the head with a bar clamp at the Michigan Avenue address just after 9 a.m. Monday, causing the fractured orbital bone. The woman is described in paperwork as Campbell’s girlfriend.

She was taken to Ellis Hospital for treatment. Police initially reported stabbing or puncture wounds to her chest. Police said today those wounds ended up being superficial. The only injury mentioned in court paperwork is the facial injury.

Shortly after the attack, Campbell allegedly set fire to the home’s attic. He allegedly did so as the woman and her 11-year-old son were still inside.

Authorities were first called to the residence for a call for medical assistance.

Firefighter paramedics arrived and began treating the woman for her injuries. It was then that they realized the home was on fire. Firefighters were able to contain the blaze to the attic area.

Campbell fled the scene, but was detained by police nearby.

The first-degree assault charge alleges Campbell intended to disfigure the woman seriously and permanently. If convicted of that count, he faces up to 25 years in state prison.

Campbell was arraigned this morning in City Court and ordered held on $50,000 bail.

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