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Woman allegedly holds knife to neighbor's throat

Bethlehem woman threatens to 'kill everyone'

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - A Bethlehem woman is facing assault charges after she allegedly held a knife to a neighbor’s throat, claiming she was schizophrenic and prepared to kill him.

Authorities charged Iris N. Tirado with aggravated assault, simple assault, terroristic threats and harassment, following the incident late Friday night inside her apartment building in the 800 block of Main Street. District Judge Alicia Zito arraigned the 51-year-old Saturday morning, setting bail at $20,000.

Bethlehem police were dispatched to Tirado’s apartment building about 10:30 p.m. to investigate an altercation between neighbors. When officers arrived, they first spoke with Tirado, who was allegedly screaming, yelling to be taken to jail and threatening to “kill everyone,” according to court records.

Officers said her first-floor apartment was in complete disarray with everything thrown about.

The victim told police that he had been watching TV in his second-floor apartment, when he heard yelling and doors and windows slamming. He reported hearing Tirado tell a first-floor neighbor “go away, I have a knife, I’ll kill you,” according to records.

The victim said he went downstairs, telling Tirado through her apartment door to be quiet or he’d call the landlord. That’s when she allegedly came out of her apartment brandishing an 8-inch kitchen knife, police said.

Tirado allegedly charged her upstairs neighbor, putting the knife to his throat. She reportedly said she was schizophrenic and not afraid of him.

The two neighbors managed to restrain Tirado and grab the knife. Everyone retreated to their respective apartments, and the victim called police.

Tirado failed to post bail and was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Oct. 11.

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