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Homeless man allegedly threatens ex with broken bottle

Police followed blood trail to crime scene

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - A homeless man is facing assault charges for allegedly holding a broken bottle to his ex-girlfriend’s neck and threatening to kill her, if anyone intervened.

Bethlehem police charged Peter A. Figueroa with aggravated assault, simple assault, terroristic threats and harassment in connection to the incident late Sunday night outside an East Ninth Street home. District Judge Alicia Zito arraigned the 25-year-old Monday morning, setting bail at $35,000.

Police were dispatched to the 1500 block of East Fifth Street about 11:30 p.m. Sunday to investigate a report of a man possibly involved in an assault. The arrived to find Figueroa with blood on his face, hands and clothing and cuts on his face and right palm, according to records.

He allegedly told officers that he was involved in a fight with his ex-girlfriend in the 1600 block of East Ninth Street. That’s where police found a broken bottle covered in blood and a blood trail to where officers initially found Figueroa, according to records.

The victim – who admitted herself to the hospital – told police that she visited the East Ninth Street home, where Figueroa’s family lives, to retrieve a car part. As she approached the house, the victim said she heard glass break and spotted her ex-boyfriend holding a broken glass bottle, according to police.

Figueroa allegedly yelled at his ex, punched her and swung the broken glass at her. Police said he managed to grab her wrist and hold the bottle to her neck, threatening to kill her if anyone intervened.

As she tried to defend herself, Figueroa pushed his ex-girlfriend to the ground at which point a bystander shoved him away. After Figueroa ran from the area, a witness drove the victim to the hospital, where she received treatment for a cut on her left ear and the top of her left hand.

Figueroa failed to post bail and was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Oct. 13.

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