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Assault charges in gang-related stabbing sent to Lehigh County court

The two suspects waived their preliminary hearings

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - A suspect in the gang-related stabbing last month in Allentown reportedly told police that he jumped into the fight after someone hit his friend in the head with a metal pole.

Waldemar Medero Cora and Derrick A. Scott Stone on Wednesday waived their preliminary hearings on aggravated assault charges in connection to the Feb. 7 fight in the 900 block of Tilghman Street that left two victims with serious stab wounds.

The two are next due in court on May 3 for a formal arraignment before Lehigh County Judge Maria Dantos.

When Allentown police arrived in the 900 block of West Tilghman Street shortly after 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 7, they discovered two stabbing victims who were rushed to Sacred Heart Hospital and later transferred to Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest.

Witnesses told investigators that they recognized the man fighting with one of the victims as Medero Cora, according to court records. They also told police that he was driving a maroon sedan and provided authorities with a Facebook photo and video in which he was allegedly heard just before the fight talking about OMB gang activity.

Police said the stabbing victims were members of the rival 44 gang.

Patrol officers spotted the 21-year-old Medero Cora about six hours after the fight behind the wheel of a maroon Chevy Prizm. During an interview, he allegedly admitted to being involved in the fight after someone hit his friend in the head with a pole.

He also allegedly admitted to stabbing the victim, which caused a collapsed lung.

The witnesses that identified Medero Cora also identified a man they knew as “LR” as the person fighting with the second stabbing victim. “LR” was allegedly in the same Facebook video as Medero Cora talking about the OMB gang.

Investigators were able to identify “LR” as Scott Stone. He was a passenger in Medero Cora’s Prizm and was taken into custody on an unrelated warrant. Police allegedly confiscated a knife from the 18-year-old.

Investigators interviewed Scott Stone about the fight about a week later, and he allegedly admitted to stabbing the second victim three times, according to court records.

Police charged Medero Cora, of Livingston Street in Bethlehem, and Scott Stone, of Tilghman Street in Allentown, each with a single felony count of aggravated assault. They remain in Lehigh County Jail after failing to post $1 million bail.

Each man on Wednesday waived preliminary hearings on other unrelated charges, including a simple assault charge against Scott Stone. Allentown police allege he sucker punched a victim outside a North Eighth Street home on Dec. 19. Authorities allege the entire incident was caught on camera.

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