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The co-defendants refused to testify at their preliminary hearing, invoking their Fifth Amendment rights to avoid self incrimination.
Michael Gennaro Perone III, 36, of the 1100 block of Turner Street; and Lawrence Craig Frushon, 32, of the 500 block of North 18th Street, both of Allentown, were each charged with two counts of aggravated assault, and single counts of simple assault and reckless endangerment following the May 23 fight in the 1700 block of Liberty Street.
Perone first refused to testify during the pair’s preliminary hearings Monday afternoon, citing his Fifth Amendment right to avoid self incrimination. But eventually Perone reached a plea deal with prosecutors: he pleaded guilty to simple assault with the stipulation it was a mutual altercation and there was no indication he had a knife or weapon.
Perone was sentenced to one year of probation. He has been in jail in lieu of $100,000 bail in the case.
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Frushon also refused to testify, but went ahead with his hearing. Frushon’s charges were sent to Lehigh County Court, where he now faces trial.
Frushon is free on $100,000 bail.
A city police officer who was outside the Maingate nightclub the night of the incident said a cab driver yelled out to him that someone was in trouble on Liberty Street.
Officer Dennis Clemens said he saw a woman on the ground of a parking lot, and a man, later identified as Frushon, standing over her. As Clemens got closer, he said Frushon jumped into an SUV and told the officer he was stabbed and had to get to the hospital.
“I saw a lot of blood,” Clemens said.
Frushon walked into the emergency room at Lehigh Valley Hospital at 17th and Chew streets, court records filed by police say. Perone returned to his home on Turner Street and called police to report the incident.
Police said Frushon and Perone both had numerous stab wounds to their hands and bodies, and both were taken into surgery. Officers found Frushon’s SUV with a large amount of blood inside the vehicle, and a bloody knife in the nearby bushes, police said.
A bloody knife was also found in Perone’s SUV, records say.
Crystal Hull, Frushon’s girlfriend and an ex-co-worker of Perone, testified she was extremely drunk the night of the fight, and did not recall what happened.
Hull testified she remembered telling the men to stop fighting, and then saw Frushon with “a lot of blood on him.”