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Man who recorded Mascia using racial slurs faces unrelated assault charge

The man who recorded Joseph Mascia using a racial slur while referring to prominent Buffalo politicians has found himself in trouble with the law.

Paul J. Christopher, 43, of the Town of Tonawanda, was arrested on several charges Thursday evening after allegedly using a pen to stab and slash his ex-wife’s boyfriend in the head, Town of Tonawanda police reported.

Christopher was arrested on four counts, including second-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child, as the events unfolded before a 12-year-old child.

At about 6 p.m. Thursday, officers were called to the baseball diamonds on Brompton Road. All parties had been watching a baseball game when an argument turned violent, police said.

The victim was treated at Kenmore Mercy Hospital for nonlife- threatening injuries.

Christopher was arraigned in Town of Tonawanda Court and held without bail, pending a court appearance at 2 p.m. Monday, police said.

Christopher is the person who recorded Mascia, a longtime tenant commissioner of the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, making using racial slurs to describe several prominent black politicians.