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BETHLEHEM, Pa. | After being told she was no longer welcome in a Bethlehem home, a New York woman allegedly barged in, assaulted one of the residents and smashed her TV.

Kristie L. Batista, of New York City, now faces burglary and assault charges in connection with the incident Wednesday night at an East Goepp Street home. District Judge John Capobianco arraigned the 22-year-old Thursday morning, setting bail at $25,000 with a 10 percent cash option if approved by pre-trial services.

Bethlehem police report Batista was told about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday that she wasn’t welcome at the victims’ home in the 100 block of East Goepp Street after an “altercation” between she and one of the two residents, according to court records.

Police said Batista did not live at the house.

She allegedly returned shortly before 10:30 p.m. and pushed her way through the front door, according to records. Once inside, Batista allegedly hit the first victim in the head and face and shoved away the second victim, who tried to break up the fight.

Authorities said Batista also smashed a television in the house.

Police charged her with a felony count of burglary, two misdemeanor counts of simple assault and summary counts of criminal mischief and harassment. Batista failed to post bail and was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for April 9.

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