Woman charged in knife attack headed for trial
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.