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Saratoga Broadway confrontation caught on video

Saratoga Broadway confrontation caught on video

Police probing sidewalk incident
Saratoga Broadway confrontation caught on video
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SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Police are investigating a profane confrontation recorded on video Thursday outside the Jos. A. Bank men's store on Broadway, between a man initially sitting on a bench and a store manager.

City police Lt. Robert Jillson confirmed the department is investigating the incident and asked the public to share any other videos that might have been made. A violation-level charge such as harassment is possible, he said.

Jillson said a complaint came in Thursday, police have identified the people involved, and the department is looking into it. "We don't know what happened before the video started," he said. "There have been no arrests. We're talking to the people involved, and looking for any other witnesses."

The incident happened on Broadway just two days before the Travers at Saratoga Race Course, when the sidewalks were filled, Jillson noted.

Any witnesses or people with video are asked to contact the department at 518-584-1800.

The video "went viral" starting Thursday, with many people online criticizing the manager on Jos. A Bank's Facebook page and elsewhere. The video has since been removed.

The confrontation was broken up by a passerby on a bicycle, Saratoga Springs teacher and coach Shane Zanetti, who calmly told the manager, "You're not helping your business right now. You're not helping your business."

Posted on Facebook, the brief video begins with the manager standing over an older man who is sitting on a bench outside the clothing chain's Broadway branch.

"Get out of here," the manager yells.

The sitting man gets up from the bench and shouts, "You get out of here" before growing angrier, using profanity and yelling, "You spit on me."

He then moves toward the manager as the manager walks toward the shop's door. "I'll have you killed," the man shouts.

The manager takes off his jacket and urges the older man to "Take one swing, take one swing."

Seconds later, the manager shouts, "Go back to your van. Go live in your van. ... Get the hell out of here. I'm sick of seeing you."

The confrontation winds down within seconds, as a bicyclist identified as Zanetti pulls up, appears to try to separate the men, and the man who had been sitting walks away and returns to the bench. As the manager enters the store, Zanetti says, "You're not helping your business right now. You're not helping your business."

An employee at the Jos. A. Banks store referred a request for comment to corporate communications, which did not respond to an email.

Reach Gazette reporter Stephen Williams at 518-395-3086, [email protected] or @gazettesteve on Twitter.

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