Donora woman arrested in stabbing

April 27, 2014

A Donora woman was arrested Sunday morning by Donora police after she allegedly stabbed her friend inside an apartment.

Natalie Teresa Isbell, 29, of 584 Thompson Ave., is accused of stabbing 23-year-old Torie Stimaker in the right buttock and cutting her hand.

Police were called about 1:45 a.m. to the apartment for a report of a woman who was stabbed, but the suspect was no longer at the scene. The caller described the assailant as a blonde woman wearing a brown dress.

Isbell told police the assailant entered the home and got into a scuffle with Stimaker. She also reportedly told police she did not know the suspect and she cut her hand trying to remove the knife from the attacker. A dispatcher told police she heard Isbell screaming in the background during the 911 call that she was the attacker and still at the house.

Stimaker was taken to the police station about three hours after the stabbing. She admitted to police that Isbell stabbed her.

Stimaker also told police the two were arguing in the kitchen. She said she picked up a knife, but decided that was not a good idea, so she put it down. Then she ran to the stairs in an effort to go up to the bedroom, but Isbell grabbed the knife and chased her. Isbell then reportedly stabbed Stimaker and cut her in the hand.

Donora police returned to the apartment where Isbell’s 9-year-old son let them in. The boy tried to wake Isbell, but was unsuccessful. Police went upstairs and found her passed out. On an end table, police found a prescription bottle with a foil cover and a straw protruding from the side. Officers also spotted a plastic bag containing suspected narcotic pills in Isbell’s purse hanging from a door handle.

Isbell told police she did not mean to stab Stimaker, but rather intended to swing the knife at her.

Isbell was arraigned before District Judge Joshua Kanalis on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment, false reports to police, endangering the welfare of children, possession of narcotics and paraphernalia. Kanalis denied bond to Isbell because she is currently on bond in two pending felony cases, one on drug charges and the other on a retail theft charge. A preliminary hearing is set for May 7 before District Judge Mark Wilson.

Kathie O. Warco has covered the police beat and transportation for the Observer-Reporter for more than 25 years. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism.

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