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Allegations: Dispute over spot in line lead to fight, slashing in Schenectady

Allegations: Dispute over spot in line lead to fight, slashing in Schenectady

Victim suffered injuries that required hospitalization, officials say
Allegations: Dispute over spot in line lead to fight, slashing in Schenectady
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SCHENECTADY -- A dispute that began over a spot in line at a check cashing place in Schenectady earlier this month ended with a group of people attacking a man and cutting him, authorities allege.

Police this week arrested two people in the case and are seeking more, according to arrest records and the prosecutor in the case.

The victim suffered two cuts, one on his neck and the other on his back, that required hospitalization, prosecutor Jessica Lorusso said Thursday.

Police this week arrested Ashwini S. Persaud, 43, and Corina S. Bhola, 48, both of Stanley Street in Schenectady. They each face one count of second-degree gang assault, a felony defined as three or more people causing injury to a person.

They are accused of attacking the victim at Regina Check Cashing near State Street and Erie Boulevard  just before 6:30 p.m. Sept. 6, according to allegations filed in court.

Police based the charges on affidavits from the victim and a witness, as well as surveillance footage.

The incident began inside the store and ended outside, Lorusso said.

A woman had arrived prior to the eventual victim and may have originally been ahead of the man in line, Larusso said, citing the allegations. The woman stepped aside, near a wall, and eventually rejoined the line ahead of the victim.

The man then disputed her going ahead of him, tapped her on the shoulder and indicated she should go to the back of the line, Lorusso said.

An argument began, spilled out of the store and eventually multiple people started assaulting the man, Lorusso said.

Persaud and Bhola were arraigned and released on $7,500 bond.

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