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Police: Nazareth man won't stay away from ex after arrest

He allegedly assaulted her, tried to steal her dog

NAZARETH, Pa. - Despite being ordered to stay away from his ex following an earlier arrest, a Nazareth man stands accused of kicking in her backdoor, punching her and trying to steal her dog.

Dakota S. Bachman faces more than a dozen charges, including aggravated assault and burglary, in connection with the alleged attack Friday at his ex-girlfriend’s East Chestnut Street home in Nazareth. District Judge Nancy Matos-Gonzalez arraigned the 21-year-old Friday night, setting bail at $150,000.

Nazareth police responded to first block of East Chestnut Street shortly before 12:30 p.m. Friday to investigate a report that Bachman had assaulted his ex-girlfriend. She told police that he had been out on bail in relation to separate case in which she was also the victim. Borough police filed reckless endangerment, harassment, simple assault and unauthorized use of a vehicle charges against Bachman less than a week earlier.

He had been released on $1,000 unsecured bail and was ordered to stay away from his ex-girlfriend

Although she was aware of the bail condition, the victim told police that she had allowed Bachman to stay at the house since April 22 because he had nowhere to go, according to court records. She told him to find another place to live Friday at which point he left without incident, police said.

But he returned later and kicked in the backdoor, demanding she hand over her 10-week-old puppy, according to court records. He proceeded to punch her before forcing his way upstairs to grab the dog, police said.

The victim reported that she managed to fight Bachman off and keep him from stealing the dog, so he allegedly settled for her cell phone. On the way, he allegedly slammed her against a kitchen wall and began choking her, according to records.

Police charged Bachman with felony counts of aggravated assault, burglary, attempted burglary, robbery and attempted robbery along with misdemeanor counts of theft, receiving stolen property, simple assault, criminal mischief, attempted theft and attempted receiving stolen property.

Authorities requested a high bail amount and no 10 percent cash option.

Bachman was sent to Northampton County Prison after failing to post bail to await a May 11 preliminary hearing.

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