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BETHLEHEM, Pa. | Police said a couple had protection orders out against each other, when the woman allegedly stabbed the victim in the back.

Natalie Torres faces assault charges after the alleged stabbing Sunday night in her Mechanic Street home. District Judge Patricia Broscius arraigned the 29-year-old Monday morning, setting bail at $100,000.

Bethlehem police were dispatched to the 1000 block of Mechanic Street shortly after 9:30 p.m. Sunday for a reported stabbing victim. An officer observed a roughly 1-inch cut on the victim’s back along with a hole in his sweatshirt and t-shirt, according to court records. The victim also had fresh blood on his shirt, shorts and back.

The victim told police that he and Torres had been arguing when she allegedly attacked him, trying to hit him with her hands and anything she could find in the house, according to records. While the victim was in the kitchen, Torres allegedly grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed him once in the back, according to police.

He was taken to the hospital for his injury, which required stitches.

Police said Torres was on the front porch when they arrived. She acknowledged the two had been arguing, but she denied attacking him. Police said they found several kitchen knives consistent with the size of the victim’s stab wound and a hole in the bathroom door.

Court records do not specify the nature of the relationship, but police said Torres and the victim had been living together. Authorities said Torres and the victim each had active protection from abuse orders against each other.

She now faces a single felony count of aggravated assault and single counts of simple assault and harassment. Torres failed to post bail and was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Dec. 19.

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