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Buffalo man charged with multiple crimes

A 42-year-old Buffalo man with a lengthy criminal history was charged with multiple crimes following two violent incidents early Sunday at a South Buffalo bar.

Victor M. Irizarry of Yale Street, who served a seven-year state prison sentence related to a 1998 manslaughter conviction, was accused of assaulting a man and a woman at Buffalo’s Finest Bar, 2163 Seneca St.

William O’Brien suffered two black eyes and a corneal abrasion and was taken to Erie County Medical Center after being punched in the face four times by Irizarry at about 1:30 a.m., according to an arrest report. Michele O’Brien also was punched in the face and sought treatment at ECMC, according to the report.

Irizarry was arrested later in the morning and charged with two counts of assault and one count of harassment.

Buffalo police also said Irizarry allegedly threatened another man, John McCardle, with a stun gun at about 4 a.m. in the same bar. Police later recovered the stun gun at a home on Kingston Street.

Irizarry was charged with menacing and criminal possession of a weapon.

A second defendant, Darnell J. Lynch, 18, of West Seneca, was accused of spraying McCardle in the face with pepper spray. Lynch was charged with assault and menacing.