Woman cut vic­tim with tom­a­hawk dur­ing ar­gu­ment, po­lice say

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A 55-year-old woman was ar­rested Sunday af­ter she al­legedly chopped her friend with a tom­a­hawk, caus­ing a lac­er­ated liver, ac­cord­ing to court records.

Al­len­town po­lice said the stab­bing hap­pened at 11:35 p.m. Satur­day at a party in the apart­ment of Carol Lofland in the 700 block of Dixon Street.

Po­lice learned of the stab­bing af­ter they were dis­patched to St. Luke’s Hospi­tal in Al­len­town, where the vic­tim was re­port­edly dropped off in the emer­gency room by two friends. The vic­tim had a 2-inch cut on the right side of her chest, po­lice said. The in­jury lac­er­ated her liver and caused in­ter­nal bleed­ing, po­lice said.

The vic­tim said she was at a party at Lofland’s apart­ment. At the party, she got into an ar­gu­ment

with an­other woman and “her friend,” Lofland, hit her with what she de­scribed as a “Na­tive Amer­i­can scalpel,” an ax-type edged weapon like a tom­a­hawk, court records say.

The vic­tim was taken to the trauma cen­ter at St. Luke’s Univer­sity Hospi­tal for fur­ther treat­ment.

Po­lice took Lofland into cus­tody at her apart­ment.

Lofland was charged with ag­gra­vated as­sault, sim­ple as­sault, reck­less en­dan­ger­ment and ha­rass­ment. She was ar­raigned by District Judge Michael Faulkner and sent to Le­high County Jail un­der $75,000 bail.

— Manuel Gamiz Jr.

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