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CHICAGO (STMW) – A South Side man stabbed a former boyfriend after a fight in Jackson Park, leaving him with 44 staples in his abdomen, Cook County prosecutors said Saturday.

Ronald Smith, 49, is charged with attempted first degree murder and aggravated domestic battery for the May 1 assault.

The 38-year-old victim underwent surgery to his abdomen area after the assault, with 44 staples required to close the wound, prosecutors said. He suffered liver damage from the stabbing.

The two men dated until late April, according to court testimony. The pair fought verbally as the victim rode a bike in the park, and Smith drove in his car, prosecutors said.

At some point Smith allegedly got out of his car and took out a knife, stabbing the man in the abdomen and left elbow. He fled after the attack, prosecutors said.

Police arrested him on May 9 after taking him to the police station on an unrelated aggravated battery investigation.

Smith’s defense attorney said he has been married to a woman for 22 years.

He was convicted of federal fraud in 2004 and received two years probation.

Smith, of the 7200 block of South Prairie, was ordered held in lieu of $500,000 bail.

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