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Niagara Falls man indicted in stabbing that left victim in coma

A Niagara Falls man pleaded not guilty Thursday in Niagara County Court to an indictment accusing him of a stabbing that left the victim in a coma.

Carlos J. Lopez, 25, of 18th Street, is charged with first- and second-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

Niagara County Second Assistant District Attorney Mary Jean Bowman said the victim, Ronnie Maldonado, was stabbed several times July 7 in an outdoor attack on Calumet Avenue in the Falls. A second suspect in the case remains at large.

Maldonado was in a coma in Erie County Medical Center after the attack, but he has awakened, Bowman said.

Judge Matthew J. Murphy III ordered Lopez held in lieu of $75,000 bail.

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