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Man charged in downtown Schenectady knife assault

Man charged in downtown Schenectady knife assault

The victim and suspect are believed to have known each other, prosecutor says
Man charged in downtown Schenectady knife assault
John G. Rivera
Photographer: Schenectady County Jail (inset); Shutterstock (background)

SCHENECTADY -- A city man is facing charges after he cut a man in the neck with a knife in front of the Union Inn downtown, according to police.

John G. Rivera, 29, of Monroe Street, was arrested Tuesday on one count each of second-degree assault, a felony, and second-degree menacing, a misdemeanor.

Rivera is accused of cutting the victim's neck outside on Union Street, in front the Union Inn, just after midnight on Oct. 21, according to court documents. 

Rivera and the victim are believed to have known each other, and there may have been some words exchanged prior to the incident, prosecutor Nicolaus Brooks-McDonald said.

Rivera was arrested on evidence that included video footage, according to the allegations.

Rivera was arraigned and released Thursday on $40,000 bond.

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