Niagara Falls police are on the scene of a stabbing on the 400 block of 5th Street.

A Falls man has been charged with second-degree assault in the aftermath of a fight in the 400 block of Fifth Street Wednesday afternoon.

Robert C. Candelario, 49, 408 Fifth St., pleaded not guilty to the charge during an arraignment Thursday in Falls City Court.

He's accused of stabbing Duane “The Animal” Hanson, 50, a man who himself is no stranger to police, causing serious wounds that required surgery Wednesday night at the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo. Hanson survived the surgery and remains hospitalized in stable condition.

Candelario was also treated at ECMC for a slash wound to his face.

Investigators said a fight erupted after the two men engaged in a heated argument. The cause of the argument was not clear.

“(Candelario) retrieved a knife and stabbed Hanson,” Falls Police Criminal Investigation Division Detective Lt. John Conti said. “Then Hanson was able to pull out a knife he had and stabbed the suspect”

Conti said detectives charged Candelario’s because witnesses identified Candelario as the “aggressor” in the fight.

Hanson acquired the street nickname of “The Animal” after an incident where he was charged with biting another man’s finger off during a fight. He was later convicted of assault in that case.

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