Saturday, July 15, 2023

East Stroudsburg Woman in Custody After Stabbing at Knoebels Campground

An East Stroudsburg was taken into custody after a stabbing at Knoebels Campground on Saturday afternoon.

The incident unfolded at approximately 1:30 pm, Saturday, leaving one woman injured and rushed to a nearby hospital for medical attention.

According to court papers filed by Locust Township Police, Officer Anthony Kankowski was dispatched to Campsite C-15 at Knoebels Campground following reports of a stabbing.

Prior to Officer Kankowski's arrival, Ralpho Township Police had already reached the scene and detained the suspect, identified as Jessica Bertholf, 32, from East Stroudsburg.

Upon arriving at the campground, Officer Kankowski discovered a 41-year-old woman with a several-inch-long cut on the right side of her neck. The injured woman was immediately provided with medical assistance and promptly transported to a nearby hospital by Elysburg EMS.

As the investigation unfolded, it was revealed that Bertholf and the victim were known to each other and considered friends. However, a verbal altercation between the two quickly escalated into a physical confrontation, resulting in the violent incident.

During the course of the argument, Bertholf reportedly made the decision to vandalize the victim's property, stating that she intended to slash the victim's tires. In response to this act, the victim retaliated by pulling Bertholf's hair, further fueling the argument.

Bertholf reacted to the hair-pulling and, swung her arm, cutting the victim's neck with the knife.

Bertholf was taken into custody and charged by Officer Kankowski with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, and disorderly conduct.

She was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Craig W. Long, Catatawissa and locked up in Columbia County Prison on $50,000 straight cash bail.