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Woman faces assault charges in stabbing incident

Alisa Becky Ortiz accused of injuring Mark Lipyanic after argument in Emmaus.

EMMAUS, Pa. - A Lehigh County woman is facing assault charges after police said she stabbed a man during an argument early Saturday.

According to court documents, 45-year-old Alisa Becky Ortiz was arguing with Mark Lipyanic around 1 a.m. Saturday, when she allegedly stabbed him in the abdomen with a large knife.

When police arrived on the scene, the door to the apartment at 16 S. 10th Street in Emmaus was standing open, and they saw Ortiz inside, holding a large, blood-covered knife in her right hand, police said.

Another man --identified as Kenneth Shumate-- was also seen inside the apartment, trying to stop Ortiz, police said.

Lipyanic had multiple defenisve wounds to his hands and a large laceration to his abdomen, all of which were bleeding profusely, police said, and he also had internal injuries.

Shumate also told police that after an argument between Lipyanic and Ortiz, she ran at Lipiyanic with a knife, and Shumate grabbed the knife to prevent her from getting to Lipyanic.

Shumate had a laceration to his left hand. Both men were taken to the hospital for treatment.

Ortiz was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of simple assault.

She was committed to Lehigh County Prison under $100,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing is set for May 5 at 10 a.m.


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