A Bethlehem woman told police that she was in a “fight for her life” as she was being kicked, stomped and punched in the face.
Police arrested a shirtless Brian K. Souders Saturday night as he knelt down in front of his house and allegedly asked to be arrested. He now faces aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment charges.
Bethlehem police were called to a home in the 1200 block of Stanford Road about 10:45 p.m. for a fight between a man and woman. The pair are in a relationship, but court records do not specify the nature of the relationship.
Officers said they found Souders walking down the middle of the street, who said something to the effect of “just take me” as he encountered police. He then handed over his identification.
The victim told police that she and Souders had returned from a night out, when they began arguing. Souders allegedly threw her to the ground, got on top of her and choked her until she felt light-headed and her vision began to blur.
Souders proceeded to allegedly kick and stomp the victim and punch her in the face. She said she flailed her arms and legs and bit Souders’ chest to get him off her.
District Judge Wayne Maura arraigned the 34-year-old Sunday morning, setting bail at $15,000. He later posted bail ahead of preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled for Sept. 26.