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Brother of man initially accused in violent road rage incident indicted instead

The brother of a man initially accused in a violent road rage incident has been arraigned in Erie County Court on charges of second-degree assault, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office.

Prosecutors said 28-year-old Rakeem Scott was driving on Walden Avenue in Cheektowaga on Dec. 19 when he stopped his vehicle at an intersection to approach another driver. Rakeem Scott is accused of dragging the victim out of his vehicle and punching him multiple times in the face before fleeing the scene. The victim underwent surgery for fractures to the left side of his face.

Initially, the investigation identified Scott's brother, Maurice Scott, 31, as the perpetrator of the crime who was subsequently charged with second-degree assault. The charges against Maurice Scott were not indicted pending further investigation by the District Attorney's Office. Charges are expected to be dismissed Tuesday against Maurice Scott.

Rakeem Scott, who remains held on $50,000 bail, faces a maximum seven-year prison sentence if he is convicted on the charge.

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