Domestic dispute in Muhlenberg sends 2 people to hospital

Man charged with aggravated, simple assault

MUHLENBERG TWP., Pa. - Two people went to the hospital after being injured in a violent domestic dispute in Berks County, according to police.

Police and paramedics were dispatched shortly after noon Wednesday to a home in the 100 block of Spring Valley Road in Muhlenberg Township.

Officers said they arrived on the scene to find a man with a laceration to his neck and a woman suffering from multiple wounds to her head, back, neck, arms, and legs.

Both victims were taken to Reading Hospital in separate ambulances, according to police.

Antonio Davila-Rivera was later charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, harassment, possessing an instrument of a crime, and terroristic threats.

Police said their investigation revealed that the couple's dispute actually began Tuesday afternoon, when Davila-Rivera began pushing and hitting the woman inside the home.

Davila-Rivera took her to Reading Hospital, where she was treated for a large bruise to a leg and a dislocated elbow that, she told hospital staff, were suffered in a fall at home, according to court documents. Police said the woman told them Davila-Rivera threatened additional harm if she reported the injuries as being domestic-related.

The dispute resumed Wednesday morning, when Davila-Rivera, armed with a machete and an aluminum baseball bat, began striking his girlfriend with the bat on her head, neck, back, and left arm and hand, and threatening to kill her with the machete, police said.

The woman told police she feared for her life, leading her to pick up a knife and slash Davila-Rivera once on the side of his neck to end the dispute.

Davila-Rivera, 41, later underwent surgery for his injury at Reading Hospital.

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