Spring City woman charged in knife assault of boyfriend

SPRING CITY — An altercation between a man and his girlfriend allegedly left knife wounds on his hands around midnight Tuesday.

A Spring City Police officer was monitoring traffic from a patrol vehicle at the intersection of East Bridge and North Main streets just after midnight when a man ran up “shouting he had been stabbed,” said an affidavit filed by that officer, James Robb.

The victim said Jennifer Selfinger, 35, who he’d been dating and living with for the last few weeks, attacked him with a knife in their residence on the 100 block of North Main Street, according to the affidavit.

“[He] was extremely animated and bleeding profusely from both hands,” Robb said.


As Robb talked to the victim, Selfinger approached. Robb detained her so he could get the story from the victim, the affidavit said.

Around 11 p.m. Tuesday, Selfinger and the victim allegedly got into an argument which “resulted in him deciding to leave the residence and return to his long-term girlfriend,” the affidavit said.

As the victim began collecting his property to leave, Selfinger reportedly became “increasingly hostile, so he decided to stay at the residence so [as] not to cause additional problems.” Selfinger allegedly told the victim she would “kill” him if he left her.

When both were in the kitchen of the residence, Selfinger reportedly took a curved knife and held it to her own neck before she put that knife down and picked up a larger, straight knife, which police later determined had an 11-inch blade. Selfinger allegedly held it in a position as if she was going to stab the victim. The victim showed police that she allegedly held it with an “overhand grip.”

“He closed in to grab the knife to prevent her from stabbing him, as he had no room to retreat,” police said. “[He] said that there was nowhere on the handle for him to grab, so he took hold of the blade of the knife with [his] left hand.”

Selfinger allegedly kept trying to force the knife down into the victim’s chest, so he had to grab it with his other hand as well and was able to “wrestle” it away from her.

After putting the knife down in another room, the victim said Selfinger followed him and called him “a wimp” and also threatened to accuse him of beating her if he called the police, according to the affidavit.

“[The victim] stated that he told Selfinger that if she went to Turkey Hill to buy bandages for him, that he would not call the police,” the affidavit said.

It was when the pair were walking to the nearby Turkey Hill that the victim ran to Robb’s police vehicle.

During their investigation, police reportedly recovered two separate knives matching the description given by the victim with fresh blood on the blades and handles. Photographs were taken of the scene and the knives were seized as evidence.

The victim was taken to Phoenixville Hospital, police said, where four sutures were required to treat wounds on his right hand and seven were required for the left.

A search of Selfinger’s purse during the police’s investigation turned up a steel pipe with burn marks traditionally used to smoke controlled substances was also discovered, the affidavit said.

Selfinger was charged with two counts of felony aggravated assault, as well as three counts of simple assault, and one count each of making terroristic threats, recklessly endangering another person and tampering with evidence, all misdemeanors. She was also charged with summary harassment and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Arraigned before District Judge James DeAngelo Wednesday, her bail was set at $25,000, cash, which she did not post. She was remanded to Chester County prison, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing for Selfinger is scheduled for Sept. 18.

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