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Knife-wielding man allegedly punctures car tire

Police said he chased victim with kitchen knife

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - An argument that started inside a Bethlehem home ended with an Allentown man allegedly chasing the victim with a kitchen knife and slashing his tire.

Bethlehem police charged Fungai Mugwindri, of Carldon Street in Allentown, with terroristic threats and simple assault following his arrest Monday night. District Judge Dan Corpora arraigned the 44-year-old Tuesday morning, setting bail at $50,000.

Police were dispatched to the 1800 block of Lynfield Drive about 9:45 p.m. to investigate an altercation between two men who are friends with the woman who lived at the home.

The woman and the victim reported that Mugwindri had been yelling at the woman’s mother, so they decided to watch the argument in the event Mugwindri became physical, according to court records.

As they stood in a doorway watching the exchange, Mugwindri approached the pair and threw a punch at the victim, who returned the punch and hit Mugwindri in the head, according to records. Mugwindri backed away and allegedly told his opponent that he’d have “his people” come to the house.

Interpreting that as a threat, the victim said he walked outside. Mugwindri allegedly emerged from the home carrying a large knife, chasing the victim and threatening to kill him. Mugwindri then used the knife to allegedly puncture the passenger side front tire on the victim’s car.

Mugwindri initially denied holding a knife, but allegedly admitted to police later to chasing the victim with a knife and puncturing his tire.

Along with assault and terroristic threats, Mugwindri also faces summary counts of harassment, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief. He failed to post bail and was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Nov. 7.

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