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Michael Lopez of Allentown charged with attempted homicide

Published On: Jun 26 2013 03:50:52 PM EDT

 An Allentown man is facing attempted homicide and other charges for savagely attacking a birthday party guest outside a home in Northampton County last year.

Officials said Michael J. Lopez used brass knuckles to severely injure Cory Parenti outside the home of Nicholas S. Fry at 228 East Mountain Road, Bushkill Township, sometime after midnight on July 20, 2012, while Parenti was attending a 19th birthday party for Fry.

Lopez was part of a group lying in wait outside Fry's home to avenge an attack by Fry on one of their friends, and Parenti happened to walk outside after having an argument with Fry.


Lopez beat Parenti while he was unconscious on the ground after being hit in the head by a baseball bat by another member of the group.

Parenti was taken first to Easton Hospital with his left eye swollen shut, his nose slanted to the right side of his face, and bruises on his chest, neck, head and face, according to officials.

He was then taken to the Lehigh Valley Hospital Center's Cedar Crest campus, where he remained in the trauma unit for five days, officials said, adding that Parenti required surgery around his left eye and nose, and has permanent hearing loss in his left ear.

Lopez, 20, of 542 N. 4th St., Allentown, was arraigned Tuesday on eight charges -- including attempted homicide, aggravated and simple assault, reckless endangerment and criminal conspiracy -- and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $25,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. July 11.