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Police find assault victim cornered, holding infant

Man attacked woman after she asked him to clean the kitchen he trashed, police said

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - When Allentown police responded to an assault report Wednesday night, officers found the victim cornered in a bathroom holding an infant.

Authorities charged Angel C. Chaparro with simple assault, harassment and resisting arrest in connection with the attack that reportedly began with a drunken argument between brothers. District Judge Michael D'Amore arraigned the 24-year-old Thursday, setting bail at $20,000.

Police dispatched to the 100 block of South Sixth Street just after 8 p.m. for a domestic assault report said they heard the victim screaming for someone to leave her alone. Police heard the screams coming from a third-floor apartment, while they were on the second floor.

Officers knocked on the apartment door several times until a small boy answered. Inside, police found the victim sitting in the bathroom holding her infant daughter with Chaparro "standing menacingly" above her, according to court records.

The victim appeared to have a large bruise forming over her left eye.

Chaparro allegedly resisted arrest as police tried to pull him away from the victim and out of the bathroom. Court records do not specify the nature of the relationship between Chaparro and the victim.

She told police that his family had been to the apartment earlier in the night for dinner and that they'd been drinking heavily. Chaparro and his brothers argued, and he allegedly threw things around the kitchen after they left.

The victim told police that she had gone for a walk only to return to find Chaparro had thrown everything in the refrigerator onto the kitchen floor, according to records. When she asked him to clean the mess, he allegedly pushed her against a door and began choking her.

Struggling to free herself, the victim slapped Chaparro, who then allegedly punched her in the face.

The victim managed to call 911 and tried to leave with her daughter. When she couldn't get out of the apartment, she tried unsuccessfully to lock herself in the bathroom until police could arrive.

Chaparro has since posted bail. His next court date is a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled for Oct. 20.


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