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Police probe early morning assault in Saratoga

Saratoga Springs police are investigating an early morning assault that occurred at Lake Avenue and Henry Street on Saturday.

According to police, around 3:30 a.m. on Saturday, a police officer on routine patrol observed a disturbance at the intersection of Lake Avenue and Henry Street, and upon arriving at the scene, found a 34-year-old male victim unconscious in the middle of the road with a large laceration to his forehead.

Saratoga EMS responded and transported the victim to the Saratoga Emergency Room and the victim suffered several lacerations to his head that required multiple stitches to close the wound, according to police. He has been released from the hospital and no further information on the victim's condition is available to police at this time.

According to police, the investigation has indicated that the victim and a friend, who are both firefighters in Ontario, Canada and were in Saratoga Springs for a Fallen Firefighters Convention, had contact with the female operator and female passenger of a mini van at Lake and Henry. While the mini van was stopped in the intersection the passenger doors slid open and at least two subjects got out and began fighting with the victim and his friend. During the altercation the victim received the injury to his head before losing consciousness. Witnesses began converging on the altercation and the suspects got back into the mini van, leaving the area east bound on Lake Avenue. Shortly thereafter the first police units arrived on scene.

Police investigating the incident said they located the minivan they believe was involved later in the day on Saturday at a private residence in the Town of Wilton. Saratoga Springs City Court Judge Jeffrey Wait signed a search warrant for the vehicle and police are in the process of examining the vehicle today for physical evidence. Police said they have identified at least two suspects in this incident but are withholding names of suspects and victims as the investigation is still ongoing.

Police are withhold-ing the names of the suspects and victims the investigation is still ongoing.

Police are asking anyone who may have information regarding this incident to contact them at 584-1800 or anonymously at the Police Department's website, www.saratogapolice.org or the Crime Tip Line at 584-TIPS (584-8477).

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