An Allentown man is facing assault charges for allegedly threatening his girlfriend with a knife as they walked around the house so he could make sure she hadn’t brought another man home.
Police charged Arthur Whitaker Jr. with aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment in connection with the early morning attack on his girlfriend in their South 14th Street home. District Judge Rashid Santiago arraigned the 30-year-old, setting bail at $30,000.
Allentown police were dispatched about 5 a.m. Wednesday for a domestic incident involving a weapon. Officers actually interviewed the victim at a store a few blocks from her home.
She told police that she and Whitaker were at a bar, when he became jealous and allegedly slapped her in the face, according to court records. The victim said she went home without him and was later awakened by Whitaker slapping her.
Thinking she had another man in the house, Whitaker allegedly grabbed a kitchen knife and began poking his girlfriend with it as they walked around the house checking for anyone else. The victim reported that Whitaker held the knife to her throat, made slashing movements and swung the knife toward her stomach several times, cutting her shirt.
The sound of a next-door neighbor walking into his own home left Whitaker thinking that he had just sneaked out of their house and back to his. That was enough to make Whitaker choke the victim with both hands, yelling at her to “go to sleep and pray to heaven,” according to records.
She managed to break free and run for help. Officers observed bruises to the woman’s neck and eye and the rips to her shirt.
Whitaker failed to post bail and was sent to Lehigh County Jail to await a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled for Sept. 28.