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Schenectady man charged in brick assault

Schenectady man charged in brick assault

A man wanted in a May brick assault that allegedly began over a misunderstanding was arrested this w

A man wanted in a May brick assault that allegedly began over a misunderstanding was arrested this week, authorities said.

Brian D. Sweeney, 38, of South Ferry Street, was arrested Wednesday and charged with one count of first-degree assault, a felony.

He is the second person charged in a May 3 attack on Barrett Street.

Charles T. Murphy, 45, of Barrett Street, was arrested the day of the incident, found by police on some nearby railroad tracks. He has since pleaded guilty to a felony in the case.

The two men allegedly assaulted another person on Barrett Street just after noon that day.

The attack was touched off when the victim yelled out his window at his own dog to quiet down, said prosecutor William Sanderson of the Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office.

On the street nearby were Sweeney and Murphy. Witnesses told police one of the men appeared to believe the man was yelling at them.

“He started yelling back,” Sanderson said. “The victim goes out on the street and the two guys attack him. First they throw a hubcap at him and then one takes a brick and throws it at [the victim].”

The men then began to kick the victim, who had fallen to the ground.

The victim suffered a fractured skull, cuts to his head, bleeding on the brain and had to be hospitalized for his injuries, according to papers filed in court.

Murphy was also charged with first-degree assault. He later pleaded guilty to second-degree assault, a felony, Sanderson said. His agreed-upon sentence was not available Thursday.

Sweeney allegedly fled the scene and wasn’t arrested until Wednesday. It was unclear when he was identified by police as the second attacker.

If convicted of first-degree assault, Sweeney would face up to 25 years in prison.

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