Clifford is accused of showing up at their residence at about 11:45 p.m. on May 21 and getting into an argument with the man. Police said Clifford slashed the man in the face with a small knife or razor blade. The victim was bleeding from the lip, neck and left side of his face, according to court documents.
Police said Clifford also slashed two tires on the victim’s truck and one tire on a trailer, leading to the criminal mischief charge.
He left the scene but was located later at his residence in Hudson Falls.
Clifford had remained in Warren County Jail on bail of $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond since his arrest.
His lawyer, Brad Krause, sought a reduction to $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond. He said his client is employed and needs to work to provide for his six children.
“He has no prior felony convictions. There’s no record of any violent crimes,” Krause said.
In a separate incident in 2014, Matthew N. Clifford was charged with misdemeanor counts of criminal obstruction of breathing and DWI, according to The Post-Star’s archives.
Clifford also spoke on his own behalf.
“I would like to make sure my kids aren’t homeless,” he said.
Clifford works at the Ambrosia Diner in Queensbury, court records showed.