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Niagara Falls man charged with beating his sister's boyfriend

Rondell V. Ralands of Niagara Falls is accused of shooting at and beating up his sister's boyfriend.

Ralands, 28, of 38th Street, was indicted on charges of assault, gang assault and criminal possession of a weapon, all in the second degree.

A Niagara County grand jury handed up the same charges against Terrill D. Pettway, 27, of Steele Circle, Town of Niagara, who also was accused of taking part in the attack. He failed to appear for arraignment last week.

Jasmine N. Jones, 24, of Garden Avenue in the Falls, was indicted as an accomplice to the assault but was not accused of weapons possession. She also pleaded not guilty Tuesday.

Assistant District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said one of the men fired a gunshot at Cyston Brundidge, the boyfriend of Ralands' sister, on Nov. 25 on Fourth Street in the Falls.

The shot missed, but Hoffmann said Brundidge was then pistol-whipped and beaten. Brundidge suffered two cuts on his head, one requiring 32 stitches to close and the other needing 15 stitches. He also suffered a torn shoulder muscle, Hoffmann said.

The attack resulted from a phone call the woman made to Ralands after an argument with Brundidge, Hoffmann said. Despite allegations of domestic violence, but Brundidge was never charged with any crime, and the couple is still together, the prosecutor said.


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