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BETHLEHEM TWP., Pa. | Witnesses reported to police that a Whitehall Township man told his girlfriend he was retrieving a gun after allegedly assaulting her in a parking lot.

Michael T. Harper, of Presidential Drive, faces assault charges in connection with the alleged assault outside a Bethlehem Township medical office last week. District Judge Patricia Broscius arraigned the 41-year-old, setting bail at $100,000 with a 10 percent cash option.

Township police were dispatched to the Miller Heights Medical Center in the 3800 block of Linden Street about 6 p.m. Jan. 9 for an ongoing domestic assault. When police arrived, medical staff that witnessed the alleged attack were caring for the victim.

Court records indicate that an argument between Harper and the victim started in the waiting room. The argument continued in the parking lot, where Harper allegedly punched the victim in the head, threw her to the ground and held her down.

Witnesses allege Harper told the victim that he was going to get a gun and shoot her before driving away. Police observed the victim’s injuries.

Authorities charged Harper with aggravated assault, simple assault, terroristic threats and harassment. Pre-trial services approved the 10 percent cash option; Harper was released from Northampton County Prison on Sunday after someone posted $10,000 cash bail on his behalf.

Harper’s next court date is a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled for Jan. 24.

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