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Philadelphia teen charged in NCC knife injury

Police said the 18-year-old threw a knife after an argument over music

BETHLEHEM TWP., Pa. - What reportedly started as an argument over music ended in assault charges for a Philadelphia teen.

Unique Shanae Ayers faces simple assault and reckless endangerment charges for allegedly throwing a knife at a Northampton Community College student inside a dorm room Friday that cut the student's elbow.

District Judge Robert Hawke arraigned the 18-year-old late Friday night, setting bail at $15,000. The judge approved a 10 percent cash option, if approved by Northampton County pre-trial services.

Bethlehem Township police were called to the college just before 5 p.m. to investigate a reported assault. The 19-year-old victim told police she was stabbed in the right elbow in her dorm room after Ayers allegedly threw a knife at her because of an argument over music, according to court records.

The victim initially declined to name the person who threw the knife at her, but later identified Ayers and said she was not a student at NCC.

Police and campus security found a 4-inch knife on the floor of the dorm room along with a smattering of blood. Authorities also found some blood in a nearby women's bathroom.

Video surveillance showed the victim walking to the bathroom and Ayers leaving the dorm room and the campus about a minute later. When the investigating officer returned to police headquarters about 6:30 p.m., he was surprised to find Ayers in the lobby waiting for a ride. She matched the exact description of the person seen on surveillance video.

Ayers allegedly told police that she had argued with her girlfriend, but that she pushed her into the knife.

Ayers failed to post bail and was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled for Oct. 27.

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