- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say a 52-year-old who stabbed a co-worker inside an upstate New York has been convicted in absentia after he fled the country to avoid prosecution.

The Saratoga County District Attorney’s Office says David Hernandez was convicted last Friday of assault for using a 13-inch knife to stab a 34-year-old man in the back during an argument in the kitchen at the Circus Cafe in downtown Saratoga in late August 2014.

Prosecutors say Hernandez then took off his apron, punched out on the employee time clock and fled the scene. He was arrested a short time later.

The victim survived after being hospitalized for nearly two weeks.

Officials say Hernandez failed to appear in court after posting bail. Prosecutors say they believe he fled to Mexico. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

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