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Woman charged after allegedly trying to stab Middletown police officer

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Posted 1/16/18

A Middletown woman faces charges of aggravated assault for allegedly trying to stab a police officer with a knife during a domestic incident in the 300 block of Market Street shortly after 9:30 p.m. …

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Woman charged after allegedly trying to stab Middletown police officer

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A Middletown woman faces charges of aggravated assault for allegedly trying to stab a police officer with a knife during a domestic incident in the 300 block of Market Street shortly after 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 1.

Ruth Elaine Hoffman, 75, same address, stabbed four times with a knife a riot shield that an officer from Steelton police was using to protect himself while responding to the incident, according to arrest papers police filed with District Justice David Judy.

Hoffman then allegedly tried without success to stab the officer below the shield, before being subdued by police.

Hoffman faces a second charge of aggravated assault for allegedly threatening the lives of others at the scene with the knife, police said.

Besides Steelton police from Lower Swatara also assisted Middletown at the scene.

Hoffman is also charged with resisting arrest, terroristic threats, and disorderly conduct.

She is awaiting a preliminary hearing before Judy.