A Saratoga Springs restaurant cook accused of stabbing a co-worker last month was indicted on felony assault charges Wednesday by a Saratoga County grand jury.
David Hernandez, 50, of Casey Road, Schuylerville, was indicted on charges of first- and second-degree assault, attempted second-degree assault, criminal possession of a weapon and second-degree menacing, according to the Saratoga County District Attorney’s Office.
City police said the Aug. 25 incident at the popular Circus Cafe on Broadway started as a disagreement between Hernandez and a dishwasher. The disagreement turned into an argument, and Hernandez repeatedly punched the dishwasher in the face, according to police, before stabbing the 34-year-old victim man once in the lower back with a 10-inch chef’s knife. Hernandez then put the knife down and walked out of the restaurant, police said.
“It was verbal abuse and physical assault ultimately to the point of a deadly weapon,” said District Attorney James A. Murphy III. “The victim was mostly passive.”
Hernandez was found in the city parking garage off Broadway a short time after the stabbing and was arrested. Restaurant patrons were not affected.
The injured dishwasher, whose name was not released, was taken to Albany Medical Center for treatment. He was discharged but has since been readmitted because of an infection, Murphy said.
“The injuries were more serious than originally anticipated,” Murphy said. “They still anticipate a complete recovery, but it’s going to take longer than anticipated.”
Hernandez was sent to the Saratoga County jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or a $20,000 bond. He will now be arraigned on the indictment in Saratoga County Court.
In other court action:
• James T. Brady, 45, of Scottish Glen, Ballston Lake, was indicted on two felony charges of first-degree criminal contempt. He also faces 11 misdemeanor charges, including driving while intoxicated, endangering the welfare of a child, reckless endangerment and reckless driving.
State police in Clifton Park said troopers stopped Brady while he was driving April 4 and arrested him, after they investigated a domestic complaint. Murphy said he violated a court-issued order of protection while intoxicated.
• Nicholas A. Podrazik, 27, who is homeless, was indicted on charges of second-degree escape and second-degree assault. He was arrested by sheriff’s deputies May 13 in Stillwater.