Woman charged in knife at­tack headed for trial

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - LOCAL - By MICHAEL GOLD­BERG

LANS­DALE — A Nor­ris­town woman ar­rested in mid-Jan­uary for al­legedly slash­ing her mother’s boyfriend with a knife in Towa­mencin, then fight­ing with cops try­ing to ar­rest her — at one point re­port­edly or­der­ing a dog to at­tack the of­fi­cers — is headed for trial in county court af­ter waiv­ing her pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing on Tues­day. As part of Chelsey Olivia Hardy’s waiver agree­ment at Dis­trict Judge Harold Borek’s Lans­dale court, pros­e­cu­tors with­drew a charge of mis­de­meanor reck­lessly en­dan­ger­ing another per­son.

Hardy, 21, of the 2900 block of Han­nah Av­enue, waived for trial the seven other crim­i­nal counts filed against her: Three counts of felony ag­gra­vated as­sault, two counts of mis­de­meanor sim­ple as­sault, and one count each of re­sist­ing ar­rest and pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance, both mis­de­meanors. Hardy re­mains free on 10 per­cent of $15,000 cash bail set by Borek at her Jan. 13 pre­lim­i­nary ar­raign­ment.

Towa­mencin po­lice said that just af­ter 10 p.m. on Jan. 12, of­fi­cers were dis­patched to a home on the 1500 block of Heeb­ner Way for a re­port of an armed fe­male who cut a man with a knife.

Upon ar­rival, ac­cord­ing to po­lice, of­fi­cers made con­tact with the al­leged vic­tim out­side the home who said that Hardy — who was in­side the res­i­dence with her mother — was in­tox­i­cated and had been try­ing to ob­tain keys to drive, and when he and her mother wouldn’t let her have the keys she “be­came ag­i­tated,” swung at the man, knocked over a tele­vi­sion and lamp, and then grabbed a knife from the kitchen and sliced his ab­domen. The man lifted his shirt and showed of­fi­cers a mi­nor 4-inch lac­er­a­tion on the left side of his ab­domen caused by the at­tack, po­lice said.

Three of­fi­cers went in­side and made con­tact with Hardy and her mother in an up­stairs hall­way and at­tempted to take Hardy into cus­tody, but she be­gan to phys­i­cally re­sist, pulling away from one of­fi­cer who had grasped her arm and try­ing to strike him with her free hand and kick him, ac­cord­ing to po­lice. Of­fi­cers said they pushed her against a wall and hand­cuffed her, while one of the of­fi­cers also tried to re­strain a large black Labrador retriever that was “ag­gres­sively bark­ing and growl­ing” at cops dur­ing the ar­rest.

One of the of­fi­cers said he heard Hardy yell at the dog, “Bite the (ex­ple­tive) cops!”

Af­ter Hardy was hand­cuffed, po­lice said, she con­tin­ued to re­sist and more than once man­aged to slip a hand out of the cuffs be­fore they were re-se­cured.

Mean­while, Hardy’s mother was “yelling at of­fi­cers and at­tempted to in­ter­fere with the ar­rest,” po­lice said, so an of­fi­cer brought her down­stairs while other of­fi­cers car­ried Hardy, who “kept her feet limp,” down the stairs and placed her into a pa­trol ve­hi­cle. In the fam­ily room of the home, of­fi­cers said they found a tele­vi­sion with a hole in the screen, a lamp knocked over and dam­aged, and a medium-sized kitchen knife with a par­tially bro­ken han­dle on the floor that the man con­firmed was the weapon Hardy al­legedly used to in­jure him.

The vic­tim pro­vided a writ­ten state­ment about the in­ci­dent to po­lice, not­ing that Hardy is a co­caine user who was set to be flown to Florida the next day to en­ter re­hab, and that af­ter slic­ing him with the knife she threat­ened to burn the house down, ac­cord­ing to doc­u­ments filed in dis­trict court.

At Towa­mencin po­lice head­quar­ters, Hardy com­plained of ab­dom­i­nal pain, po­lice said, so EMS per­son­nel were brought in to eval­u­ate her. But af­ter a few min­utes of speak­ing with med­i­cal per­son­nel, Hardy “be­gan slam­ming the back of her head against the wall” and three of­fi­cers grabbed her and tried mov­ing her from a seated to stand­ing po­si­tion to pre­vent her from in­jur­ing her­self, po­lice said, but they were forced to bring her to the ground af­ter she tried to kick one of the of­fi­cers sev­eral times.

Po­lice said that a nurse dis­cov­ered a white pill in­side the waist­band of Hardy’s pants while she was be­ing put into a hos­pi­tal gown — the pill was later de­ter­mined to be com­bi­na­tion Oxy­codone/ac­etaminophen and was pos­sessed il­le­gally.

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