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Woman flags down help after punch in the face

Police said she tried to escape at a red light

PALMER TWP., Pa. - Police in Northampton County said a woman stood in the middle of the street to stop passersby for help after the man who allegedly punched her in the mouth followed her.

Alejandro A. Hendricks, of Canal Park in Easton, faces simple assault and harassment charges following the incident late Sunday morning in Palmer Township. District Judge Roy Manwaring arraigned the 20-year-old later that day, setting bail at $15,000 with a 10 percent cash option.

Palmer Township police were called to the 100 block of North Greenwood Avenue shortly before noon on Sunday to investigate a reported assault. Police arrived to find the victim “visibly worked up” wearing a torn t-shirt, according to court records.

The victim told police that she and Hendricks were driving south along Greenwood Avenue from the area of the township pool, when they began arguing, according to court records. After he allegedly slapped her in the face, she jumped out of the car at red light at Northampton Street, police said.

He tore the victim’s shirt as he tried to pull her back into the car and then drove around the block to find her as she walked north along Greenwood Avenue. Police said Hendricks got out of his car to follow her. When he caught up to her, they started to argue, and Hendricks punched the woman in the face and pushed her to the ground, according to authorities.

Hendricks left the area after the victim ran into the middle of the road to flag down passing motorists. Police met up with him later and placed him under arrest.

Authorities characterized the matter as a domestic incident, but do not specify the nature of their relationship.

Hendricks was released from Northampton County Prison on Monday after someone posted $1,500 cash on his behalf. His next court date is a preliminary hearing scheduled for June 23.

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