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Guilderland Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, June 30, 2011

Kitchen stabbing leads to arrest in the woods

By Saranac Hale Spencer

ALTAMONT — A dispute over use of a family’s kitchen boiled over into the village’s post office, with one man getting stabbed in the hand.

Patrick Irish, 20, of 107 Park St. in Altamont, was arrested by Altamont Police on June 22 for stabbing his brother with a knife, according to police.

On Wednesday afternoon last week, Irish got into a dispute with his father, Raymond Irish “about who was cooking in the kitchen,” the arrest report says. 

Raymond Irish “did pick up a chair” to defend himself, the report says, when his son “took a fighting stance.”  Raymond said that Patrick chased him until Aaron Irish, Patrick’s brother, intervened “and tried to disarm [him] causing a deep laceration.

Raymond Irish ran to the post office to call 911 for help, said Officer Christopher Lorenzo.  When Lorenzo arrived on the scene, he saw Patrick Irish running from the post office and he pursued him on foot, but lost track of him in the village.

State Troopers and Guilderland Police, with a trained police dog, came to assist and, “The dog alerted to a wood pile in a rear of a residence between Park St. and Lark Street,” the arrest report says; he was “ordered out of his hiding spot and placed into custody without incident.”

Patrick Irish, whose condition was listed as, “Appears to be impaired with alcohol,” was charged with assault for recklessly causing serious injury with a weapon, a felony, and for second degree menacing with a weapon, a misdemeanor.

Patrick Irish’s brother was taken by the Altamont Rescue Squad to Albany Medical Center for treatment of a four-inch laceration that required 13 stitches, according to Lorenzo.

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