ALBANY — A Scotia man pleaded guilty on Thursday, May 23 to attempted murder for stabbing his wife at the Beauty & Bliss Salon on Central Avenue in Colonie.
Authorities credit two passersby for stopping Thomas Caufield’s attack and possibly saving the life of his wife, 51-year-old Denise.
On Aug. 30, 2018, Caulfield, 52, of Sacandaga Road in Scotia, entered the Beauty & Bliss Salon on Central Avenue armed with a five-inch knife and brass knuckles. He stabbed his wife in the abdomen and arms before stabbing himself in the neck.
The salon was full of patrons and workers and while some tried to stop Caulfield, others flagged down two males who were able to disarm and restrain him 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,” said Lt. Robert Winn at the time.
Denies Caulfield was taken to Albany Medical Center Hospital for treatment.
District Attorney David Soares said Caulfield pleaded guilty to the felonies of attempted murder, assault and aggravated criminal contempt for violating and order of protection. He also pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor of criminal possession of a weapon.
He faces up to 25 years in prison when sentenced by Albany County Court Judge William Carter on July 18.