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Police: Colonie stabbing victim out of ICU

Police: Colonie stabbing victim out of ICU

Woman allegedly attacked by husband at salon
Police: Colonie stabbing victim out of ICU
Thomas Caulfield
Photographer: Colonie Police (inset) Shutterstock (background)

COLONIE -- A woman who was repeatedly stabbed inside a Colonie salon last week has recovered enough to be moved out of Albany Medical Center's Intensive Care Unit, police said on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Schenectady County man who has been charged with attacking her -- her estranged husband, Thomas J. Caulfield -- remained in custody on charges that include attempted murder. The case had been officially moved from Town Court to Albany County Court as of Tuesday.

More information about Thomas Caulfield's past, including details of a June incident in which he allegedly rammed his car into his wife's vehicle while she was in it were also released. 

Caulfield, 51, who has had recent addresses in both Glenville and Niskayuna, is accused of attacking Denise C. Caulfield just after 4:30 p.m. on Thursday inside Beauty & Bliss Salon, 2066 Central Ave.

She suffered stab wounds to her stomach, upper torso and arms, authorities said. Police credited two men who were passing by the salon at the time of the attack with halting the assault.

Denise Caulfield, a 1986 Niskayuna High School graduate and breast cancer survivor, was taken to Albany Medical Center, where she underwent emergency surgery and was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit, police said after the incident. Police spokesman Lt. Robert Winn confirmed Tuesday that her condition had improved enough to be moved from the ICU, but he did not have further information on her condition.

A GoFundMe campaign set up by the salon to benefit Denise Caulfield has raised more than $21,000. A further fundraiser is scheduled for Sept. 17 at Philly's Bar and Grill in Latham, according to the GoFundMe page.

Among the new charges Thomas Caulfield faces is felony aggravated criminal contempt. Denise Caulfield had a full stay-away order of protection against him at the time of the attack, meaning he was to have no contact with her.

The order was issued by a Scotia justice after a June 18 incident in which Caulfield made threats toward Denise Caulfield and her family, and then repeatedly rammed her car with his, according to court documents.

He was charged in that case with felony criminal mischief, along with misdemeanor aggravated harassment and reckless endangerment. He was ordered held on $20,000 bond and spent a day in jail before posting the bond and being released, authorities said.

That case is pending, and he was due back in court to answer those charges later this month.

Caulfield was also charged Aug. 16 in Glenville with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated, after a property damage accident, court records show.

Caulfield is represented in all three cases by attorney Nick Evanovich. He declined to comment on the cases Tuesday, noting the Colonie case continues to unfold.

In the Scotia case, Thomas Caulfield allegedly sent his wife threatening text messages that included: "I'm going to kill your family for this," "You deserve whatever happens to you" and "On my way to...?"

He sent the messages after she informed him that she was going to spend the week at a family member's house "to keep things calmer at home," according to a statement filed by Denise Caulfield. She planned to spend time away after a stressful period with her husband. He suffers from ailments including anxiety and depression, she told police.

"He got out of the car, drunk, and yelled at me that I couldn't take his kids away from him," she told police. "I tried to reason that no one is being taken. They and I don't feel comfortable with his behavior. He told me he was going to find all of my family members and kill them so I would suffer."

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