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Police: Money argument prompts fight between siblings

Authorities charged brother with assault

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - A Bethlehem man stands accused of beating up his sister following an argument reportedly over money.

Bethlehem police charged Justin E. Cherry with assault, harassment and reckless endangerment in connection with the fight inside his home in the 1300 block of Woodbine Street. District Judge District Judge Nancy Matos Gonzalez arraigned the 29-year-old late Tuesday night, setting bail at $7,500 with a 10 percent cash option.

Authorities said the siblings got into an argument over money about 6 p.m. Tuesday and that Cherry broke his sister’s headphones during the dispute, according to court records. The victim alleges Cherry came into her room a few minutes later, punched her twice in the face and dragged her onto the floor, according to records.

He proceeded to put his boot on her neck and then her stomach, pushing down each time, police said. Cherry allegedly kicked the victim and left the house before police arrived. Authorities observed the victim’s injuries.

Cherry was released from Northampton County Prison Wednesday after posting $750 cash bail. His next court date is a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled for March 27.

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