PHOENIXVILLE - A report of an alleged argument led to a Phoenixville woman being arrested on assault charges early Friday morning.

Jessica Diane McKinney, 23, of the 300 block of Coldstream Road, Phoenixville, is charged with simple assault and harassment.

According to court documents, East Pikeland Police Officer Ben Martin said that he was dispatched to the 300 block of Coldstream Road for a verbal domestic in an apartment around 1:56 a.m. July 4.

Upon arrival, Martin said he was directed by witnesses down a hallway towards the back of an apartment, where the witnesses stated that a couple had been arguing.

"As I entered the hallway, I was met by McKinney," he said. "She said she was the one who had called and wanted to leave. I asked her to produce her identification and to tell me what was going on. She indicated that her identification was in her purse in the back living room at the end of the hallway. I followed her to that location."

Martin said upon entering the room, he observed a while female laying on her back on the floor, adjacent to the couch at the entrance to the room.

"I observed a male seated on a couch, and he stated he had been arguing with McKinney," he said.

While speaking with the male, Martin said he observed McKinney yelling at the female on the floor.

"McKinney leaned over and struck her two to three times in the face as (the female) was laying on her back on the floor," said Martin. "I did not observed (the female) strike McKinney at any time during this interaction. I restrained McKinney and separated the parties."

Martin said he escorted McKinney outside and asked her to wait on the deck while conducting his investigation.

"While attempting to interview (the female), McKinney re-entered the room, shouting threats at her," he said. "At this point, McKinney was placed under arrest for assault and placed in the back of my police car."

Martin said he received a signed statement from the female victim as to what occurred.

McKinney was transported to Downingtown, where she was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Rita Arnold Friday morning.

She was released after Arnold set her bail at $2,500 unsecured bail.

Her next court appearance is scheduled for Thursday, July 10, 2008 at 9 a.m. in Phoenixville District Court.

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