COLONIE – Police are crediting the actions of two men passing by a beauty salon for possible saving the life of a woman who was attacked by her husband.
According to Lt. Robert Winn, 49-year-old Thomas Caulfield, of Sacandaga Road in Scotia, entered the Beauty & Bliss Salon at 2066 Central Ave. at around 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30, and started stabbing his wife, Denise, in the abdomen and arms.
He was armed with a five-inch santoku knife and a pair of brass knuckles.
The beauty salon was full of patrons and employees, Winn said in a statement, and while some tried to stop the attack, others flagged down two males who came to help.
They were able to disarm the man and detain Caulfield until police arrived.
“All of their efforts prevented this from being a more serious or fatal attack and they have our utmost respect and gratitude for their heroic actions,” Winn said.
The first officers on the scene took the Caulfield into custody and began treating his 51-year-old wife. She was taken to Albany Medical Center Hospital and underwent surgery. There is no updates as to her condition.
Caulfield had a knife wound to his neck that was determined to be self-inflicted. He was taken to Albany Medical Center Hospital for treatment.
He is charged with attempted murder and aggravated criminal contempt and two misdemeanors of criminal possession of a weapon. The criminal contempt charge stems from violating a valid order of protection.
He was remanded to the Albany County jail pending court action.