Posted at: 04/10/2013 7:07 AM
| Updated at: 04/10/2013 12:34 PM
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say an ex-convict lopped off part of a man's ear with a 3-foot-long machete during a cookout at a home in Saratoga Springs.
Police say the man was at Russell Duffney's home Tuesday night when Duffney swung the machete, severing part of his left ear and slashing his face.
Officers were called to Saratoga Hospital after the victim arrived at the emergency room around 8 p.m. The man, who's in serious condition, told police he was attacked during a cookout at Duffney's home.
Police later arrested the 46-year-old Duffney on charges of assault and criminal possession of a weapon. Officials say he was taken to the hospital after suffering chest pains and will be arraigned after he's released.
Police say Duffney has a lengthy criminal history and is on probation.