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Medina teen arraigned on charges of first-degree assault

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 13 December 2016 at 12:27 pm

ALBION – A Medina teen who allegedly stabbed a Buffalo man on Nov. 6 at a party, nearly causing his death, was arraigned in Orleans County today.

Lucas Porter, 17, entered a not guilty plea to two counts of first-degree assault, one count of criminal mischief in the third degree, one count of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and violation of probation.

He had been free on $10,000 bail after being arraigned in Ridgeway Town Court last month. But County Court Judge James Punch increased the bail today to $25,000.

“This is a profoundly serious charge,” Punch said today during Porter’s arraignment.

The alleged incident occurred at a party in the early morning hours on Nov. 6 at a private residence on Mill Road in Ridgeway. The victim tried to gain entry to the party along with some friends. A fight then broke out involving several people, Undersheriff Chris Bourke said in a news release on Nov. 7.

The victim was initially treated at Medina Hospital for a stab wound to the chest and then was transported by Mercy Flight to the Erie County Medical Center.

District Attorney Joe Cardone said today the victim suffered a punctured lung and likely wouldn’t have survived without medical attention.

Porter also allegedly stabbed a 2013 Honda car with a large knife as friends of the victim were attempting to leave the scene and transport the victim to the hospital, Bourke said.

Porter has been on probation after being charged with a burglary in Albion in March 2015.

He was a star of Medina’s varsity football team this past season, earning a spot on the annual All-Western New York football squad.

The team was undefeated in its division during the regular season. Porter had a team leading 6 interceptions, 2 fumble recoveries and 55 tackles.

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