Lehigh Valley

Woman charged in alleged high-heeled assault

Police said woman assaulted her ex-husband

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - An argument between former spouses ended with a Lehigh County woman facing assault charges for allegedly beating her ex with a high-heeled shoe.

Bethlehem police charged Erica N. Johnson, of Sparrow Way in Upper Macungie Township, with simple assault and harassment in connection to the alleged attack late Saturday night in the 2200 block of Rodgers Street. District Judge Jaqueline Taschner arraigned the 32-year-old Sunday morning.

She was released on $10,000 unsecured bail.

Officers were dispatched to a Rodgers Street home shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday to investigate a report of a fight. When police arrived, they found the victim laying in the middle of the street with a cut above his right eye.

The victim’s fiancée told authorities that Johnson had been at her ex-husband’s home to pick up their child, when they started arguing, according to court records. Johnson’s boyfriend attempted to intervene, and that’s when a fight broke out between the two men, according to records.

Witnesses said Johnson’s boyfriend ended up sitting on top of the victim, which is when Johnson allegedly began beating her ex on the face and head with a high heel shoe. Police found a shoe in the street, but it did not have any blood on it.

Johnson later called police and met with an officer in a nearby parking lot. The shoeless suspect told an officer that she had no idea what happened to her shoes.

But an officer spotted a shoe in the back of the car matching the one found on Rodgers Street. And that shoe allegedly had blood spatters. Police said the victim’s injuries were consistent with being hit by a thin object.

Johnson’s next court date is a preliminary hearing scheduled for Oct. 20.


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