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Woman stabs man in neck, police say

by The Indiana Gazette on May 15, 2014 11:00 AM

An Indiana woman is being held on charges that she tried to kill a man early this morning at the Brown Hotel.

According to borough police, Alison Hope Rifendifer, 31, grabbed a 6-inch hunting knife and stabbed Matthew Kynoch, 33, in his neck during an argument at the hotel.

Police said the incident occurred around 2:40 a.m. when Kynoch entered his apartment at the hotel and found Rifendifer inside with his roommate.

Police said Kynoch told them he didn’t want Rifendifer in the apartment and began arguing with her. In turn, she slapped him, grabbed the knife and stabbed him in the right side of his neck, police said.

Police said Kynoch had been carrying the knife in a waistband sheath, but had taken it out and set it down when he walked in to the apartment.

After he was stabbed, Kynoch ran outside to call for help.

When officers arrived, they found him lying on a sidewalk, a puddle of blood beneath him.

He was taken to Indiana Regional Medical Center and then flown to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, according to reports.

Police said Kynoch had a 2-inch laceration on his neck. The injury, although severe, doesn’t appear to be life-threatening, police said.

He was flown to the hospital as a precaution, they said.

Officers said they caught up to Rifendifer roughly two hours later at a home along Olive Street in Indiana, her last known address, and took her into custody.

Rifendifer was charged with attempted homicide, two counts of aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, simple assault and harassment. She was arraigned before District Judge Susanne Steffee and placed in Indiana County Jail in lieu of a $50,000 cash bond.

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