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Clifton Park man accused of 2 sexual attacks on women in 3 days

Mark Mulholland
Updated: October 02, 2020 08:11 PM
Created: October 02, 2020 06:08 PM

SARATOGA SPRINGS - A 22-year-old woman was walking through a cemetery in Saratoga Springs last Wednesday morning at around 9:30, cutting through on her way to work, when she was attacked by a stranger.

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He sexually assaulted her. She managed to fight him off.

"She is a brave young lady," said Saratoga Springs Police Lieutenant Robert Jillson. "She was able to fend him off, he decided to leave. She in turn contacted us very shortly thereafter."

The woman suffered some injuries but managed to get a pretty good look at her attacker, but with no other witnesses and no cameras, police didn't have much to go on.

Another similar attack in Malta, a jogger attacked on the Zim Smith trail a few days later, got the attention of Saratoga County Sheriff's Investigators who'd been briefed on the Saratoga Springs case.

The man police believe responsible for both attacks was arrested Thursday night.

Tyler Gaston, 26, of Clifton Park was free on bail bond following Saturday's alleged attack when police picked him up Thursday.

With two alleged attacks on strangers in just three days, police want to know if there are others.

"If there's someone out there that has concerns, or has something worth reporting, don't hesitate to reach out and let us know about it," said Jillson.

The Saratoga Springs judge set bail for Gaston on the Saratoga Springs case at $40,000 cash or $80,000 bond.

Which strangely is less than the $50,000 bail or $100,000 bond which the Stillwater judge set following the first arrest.

Tyler Gaston made bond and was released from the Saratoga County Jail on Friday afternoon.

The office of Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen did not ask for Gaston to be remanded without bail Thursday night.

Heggen said Friday, "Bail reform limits a judge's ability to use their discretion in cases like this."


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