Saratoga Springs man accused of pointing gun then fleeing not far from school

Mark Mulholland
Updated: June 19, 2019 07:17 PM
Created: June 19, 2019 09:25 AM

SARATOGA SPRINGS - Looking like he hadn't been to bed, 24-year-old Joseph Koren interrupted the judge Wednesday as she described the terms of his bail.

"I'm, I'm, I'm going to jail. I'm not getting bailed out," said Koren.


Koren is charged with criminal weapon possession and possession of stolen property.

He was arrested Wednesday morning after police went to Hathorn Boulevard to check out a complaint by the city DPW crew that a man was acting strangely.

Police say they arrived to find a guy pointing a handgun at a couple of people in the backyard of a home. The officer ordered him to put it down and get on the ground, but he didn't.

"He went on to tuck the handgun away and then went over the fence in the back of the yard," said Lt. Robert Jillson of the Saratoga Springs Police Department.

Police immediately began to search the area and alerted the nearby Geyser Road Elementary because it was about the time that kids were being bussed to school.

Alyssa Pollock lives three doors down from the confrontation, and she has a kindergartner who attends Geyser.

"So then I started getting a panic attack and I was like 'Oh my god, what's going on?'" Pollock said.

School busses were diverted away from the school as it went into lockdown, then lockout.

However, a couple blocks away on Tiffany Place, police got their guy.

"He was found hiding in a flower bed at one of the houses on Tiffany," said Jillson.

They found the .38 caliber handgun in a nearby yard. Jillson said it was fully loaded.

The school says no students were in harm's way.

"Our faculty and staff did an incredible job responding and coordinating with our transportation department to make sure we could divert our students away from the school," said Superintendent Michael Patton.

Koren was polite and courteous to Judge Francine Vero. Outside court, he shouted obscenities and spit toward a NewsChannel 13 reporter and photographer.

Judge Vero set bail at $20,000 cash or $40,000 bond.

Koren was also charged with evidence tampering and resisting arrest.

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