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Man who was about to leave jail charged with punching inmate

LOCKPORT – Rodriguez A. Bembo, who was to have been released from Niagara County Jail Thursday after completing a sentence in a drug case, was charged Tuesday with breaking a fellow inmate’s orbital bone with a punch on March 24.

Bembo, 42, of Washington Street, Lockport, formerly of Amherst, pleaded not guilty in State Supreme Court to second-degree assault. Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said Bembo allegedly punched Antiwon J. Dunmeyer in the eye, ostensibly because Dunmeyer was being too loud while Bembo was trying to speak to his girlfriend on the telephone.

Bembo was sent to jail for violating probation on his guilty plea to a felony charge of selling cocaine un the City of Lockport twice in 2011. Dunmeyer, 33, of Buffalo, has been sent to state prison to serve 2 1/3 to seven years in a domestic violence case.