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Rent argument ends with assault, broken teeth

Victim said suspect wouldn't pay his rent

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Authorities allege that an argument over rent left an assault victim with a bloodied mouth and broken teeth.

Allentown police charged James Henry with simple assault, strangulation and harassment following the alleged attack inside a West Emaus Avenue home over the weekend. District Judge Jacob Hammond arraigned the 34-year-old Saturday afternoon, setting bail at $20,000.

Police were dispatched to a home in the 1100 block of West Emaus Avenue shortly after 8 a.m. Saturday to investigate a report of an assault victim, who sustained injuries. Officers arrived to find the victim covering her mouth with her hand, which was covered in blood, according to court records.

She told police that Henry had been living in her home and that she had confronted him that morning about the fact he wasn’t paying the rent to which he agreed. That’s when an argument broke out, and he allegedly grabbed the woman by the throat and squeezed until she couldn’t breathe, according to court records.

The victim alleged Henry also headbutted her and punched her several times in the face. An officer saw that her teeth were knocked in and that she was bleeding from the mouth. She was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest for medical treatment.

Henry failed to post bail after his arraignment and was sent to Lehigh County Jail to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Dec. 11.

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