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Two NT men charged with breaking victim’s jaw twice

LOCKPORT – Walter M. Edwards, 29, of Oliver Street, North Tonawanda, was arraigned Monday in Niagara County Court on charges that he and another man invaded a man’s home twice last year and broke his jaw both times.

Assistant District Attorney Theresa L. Prezioso said Edwards and Joseph T. Fago, 19, of Sisson Drive, North Tonawanda, who was arraigned May 22, are charged with entering the North Tonawanda home of Daniel Benchik Nov. 21 and breaking his jaw.

After Benchik reported this to police, Edwards and Fago are charged with returning Dec. 10 in what Prezioso said was a revenge beating, and refractured Benchik’s jaw. On the second occasion, another man present, Santiago Bermudez, allegedly was stabbed in the head with a knife. Bermudez is now dead, but Prezioso said the death wasn’t connected to the knifing.

Edwards and Fago are charged with two counts each of second-degree assault and first-degree burglary, and single counts of third-degree assault, intimidating a witness and criminal possession of a weapon. Edwards’ weapons charge is a felony because he has prior felony convictions; Fago’s charge is a misdemeanor.