GEDDES, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) – A Syracuse man has been arrested after stabbing a 27-year-old with a knife during a fight at the New York State Fair on Saturday.

New York State Police have arrested Richard J. Killins (34) of Syracuse after stabbing Jonah C. Maldonado (27) also of Syracuse.

The victim was transported by ambulance to Upstate University Hospital for their injuries. New York State Police say they are not life-threatening.

Killins faces the following charges:

  • Assault 2nd degree, a class “D” felony
  • Criminal possession of a Weapon 3rd degree, a class “D” felony (two prior felony convictions)
  • Criminal Possession of Controlled Substance 7th degree, a class “A” misdemeanor (possession of cocaine)

State Police say Killins was transported to the Onondaga County Justice Center and is pending arraignment. 

NewsChannel 9 has reached out to the New York State Fair for comment on this incident.

Fair administration responded with the following statement:

The State Fair is aware that there was an incident last night, and that there is an ongoing investigation. Please direct additional questions to State Police.

For 13 days, the Fairgrounds really becomes its own city. We have State Police, the Solvay Fire Department, an Infirmary, and many other law enforcement agencies on site 24/7. This is one of the safest places to be – if not the safest – in Central New York. It’s important to remember that this is a localized, isolated incident. We encourage fairgoers to direct any safety concerns – should they arise onsite – to one of dozens of State Troopers. If you see something that seems off, please say something. That helps our team address any concerns.

The Fair takes matters of safety and security very seriously. We work continuously with law enforcement and emergency management at the local, state and federal level to identify ways to make a strong system even stronger.


This is a developing story. Stay with NewsChannel 9 online and on the air for updates as we get them.