- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Police say a homeless man has been charged with assaulting the director of security for a downtown Syracuse business organization.

Officials say the 47-year-old director, a recently retired Syracuse police officer, had responded to a report of three disorderly men on a downtown street around 2:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Police say when the security director arrived on the scene, he was immediately attacked by one of the men, suffering serious head and facial injuries. He’s listed in stable condition at a Syracuse hospital.

Officials say the suspect, 38-year-old James Charneske, fought with officers before being subdued. Police say charges are pending and will be determined after a medical evaluation is completed.

His family tells The Post-Standard that Charneske has a history of mental illness and had been homeless for years.

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