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Victim slashed after early-morning fight with her alleged attacker

Allentown police called to ER for stabbing victim

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Authorities allege that an Allentown teen slashed another woman after the two slugged it out at North Seventh and Washington streets early Saturday morning.

Allentown police charged Darema Dorothy Janette Exum with a single felony count of aggravated assault and a summary count of harassment following the alleged attack shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday. District Judge Donna Butler arraigned the 18-year-old later that morning, setting bail at $50,000.

Allentown police were initially dispatched to the St. Luke’s Hospital emergency room for a stabbing victim. Officers said the woman was covered in blood and sustained injuries to her head, neck and back.

The victim told police that she had argued with Exum earlier in the night and had gone to North Seventh and Washington streets to fight her, according to court records. The two tangled, and friends reportedly broke up the fight, according to records.

The victim reported that she retired to a friend’s car, so she could text her sister about picking up her child. That’s when Exum allegedly opened the passenger door and cut the victim with some type of sharp object. The victim’s friends drove her to the hospital.

Officers, who photographed the Chevy Malibu while it was parked in the hospital parking lot, said the passenger side of the car was covered in blood.

The vehicle owner reportedly messaged the victim that Exum was hanging around the 800 block of North Seventh Street. She provided officers with a description of Exum’s outfit, and she was taken into custody.

Investigators said a police surveillance camera at North Seventh and Washington streets caught a portion of the fight. Video surveillance also caught the victim getting into the car and Exum allegedly attacking her as she sat in the passenger seat.

Exum failed to post bail and was sent to Lehigh County Jail to await a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled for March 26.


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