Police Tase man they say threatened them with cleaver


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Following an alleged violent dispute, city police say they tracked the suspect to his home and, upon their arrival, were greeted by a man waving a meat cleaver at them. He was subsequently hit with a Taser and arrested.

Police say they arrived at the Saratoga Casino and Raceway at around 11 p.m. Saturday in response to an incident involving Alex Mintzer, who left the premises following the dispute. Mintzer is accused of twice slamming a woman into a wall, pinning her in a door way so she could not move and threatening to "smash her face in" the next time he saw her.

According to his Facebook profile, he was a porter at the Raceway.

Some of the responding officers were already familiar with Mintzer, who was most recently arrested in the city on a felony cocaine possession charge, and knew where he lived.

Upon entering his house, the officers "had contact with Mintzer" who they described in a press release as uncooperative. He allegedly retreated into the back of the home and returned "brandishing a large cleaver above his head, waving it in a threatening manner and screamed at officers to get out of the house."

After a few moments, Mintzer tossed aside the cleaver, struggled briefly with the cops, was hit with a Taser and taken into custody.

Mintzer was charged with a slew of felonies for attempted assault on a police officer, menacing a police officer, first-degree reckless endangerment and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He also was charged with resisting arrest, a misdemeanor.

The charges stemming from the incident at the Raceway include first-degree unlawful imprisonment, a felony, third-degree menacing and third-degree assault, misdemeanors.

Mintzer was arraigned in city court Sunday morning and remanded to Saratoga County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash bail.


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