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Trial starts for Spa City man accused of breaking into homes, watching people sleep

Trial starts for Spa City man accused of breaking into homes, watching people sleep

He was arrested in July, then again in August
Trial starts for Spa City man accused of breaking into homes, watching people sleep
Ramiz Hajratalli arrives for jury selection Wednesday.
Photographer: Erica Miller

SARATOGA COUNTY — Opening statements were heard Wednesday in the case of a Saratoga Springs man accused of breaking into people's homes and watching them sleep. 

Saratoga County Court Judge James A. Murphy III heard the statements from prosecutors and a lawyer representing Ramiz Hajratalli, who faces two felony counts of second-degree burglary. 

Hajratalli was first arrested on July 28 and again on Aug. 11, after breaking into two homes in Saratoga Springs and watching the homes' occupants sleep. 

Police said Hajratalli broke into a Caroline Street home on July 28 and watched a female resident sleep at about 1:30 a.m. He ran out of the home when the female woke up and yelled at him. 

Hajratalli was released from county jail after posting $10,000 cash bail in that case. 

He was arrested again on Aug. 11, after officers responded to a fight on the corner of Ludlow Street and Jumel Place shortly after midnight. Police charged Hajratalli after a 60-year-old Jumel Place resident said he saw Hajratalli standing in his bedroom staring at him. 

Hajratalli was again released from Saratoga County Jail, the second time after posting $2,000 cash bail. 

Murphy said Hajratalli has pleaded not guilty to both counts, and he expects the trial to run less than four weeks. 

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