Woman Charged for Alleged Stabbing

(03/02/16) A Mahanoy City woman was charged after an alleged stabbing.

On Tuesday Morning, at approx. 12:30am and 1:30am. Mahanoy City Police Officer Charles Kovalewski had received two calls to 39 W Spruce St.

The first call (12:30am) was from Kenneth Vanhorn because he believed that there was going to be a problem with his child's mother, Marissa A. Garcia.

Upon arrival Officer Kovalewski sat in a nearby alley and observed Vanhorn come out on the porch and light a cigarette, but when he attempted to reenter, Garcia had locked him out. Vanhorn explained to the Kovalewski that he was locked out, and when Officer Kovalewski tried knocking several times, Garcia unlocked the door.

The 2nd call (1:30am) came in from Garcia stating that Vanhorn had smashed her TV and put his hands on her. Upon arrival Garcia answered the door yelling and demanding that the Police remove Vanhorn from the house. Garcia reported that Vanhorn kicked the TV because she locked him out earlier.

Garcia did not show any signs or marks that Vanhorn had touched her and police explained they would not be removing Vanhorn from the house and that at the most he could be charged with was harassment.  Garcia was reported to be yelling, and not cooperative with Police.

Garcia further stated that she had locked Vanhorn out earlier because he had been drinking and she did not want him in the house.

Police later received a 3rd called at approximately 2:10am for a stabbing at 107 West Spruce Street.

Upon arrival Police found Vanhorn with an approximate one inch long laceration/stab wound on his right shoulder. Vanhorn states that he had been upstairs and that when he was walking down the steps Garcia met him and swung her arm striking him with a pair of scissors. Garcia then ran from the house.

Vanhorn then went to a neighbor's house to use the phone leaving a blood trail as he went.

Vanhorn was treated by EMS on scene but did later go to the hospital for treatment.

Frackville Police as well as a paramedic unit from Shenandoah assisted.

Marissa Garcia was charged by Mahanoy City Police with aggravated assault, simple assault, and disorderly conduct and was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Anthony J. Kilker, Shenandoah, and committed to Schuylkill County Prison unable to post 10% of $25,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 17, 2016.
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