Jodi Arias Evoked in Girlfriend's Threat, Police Say
Bethlehem Township woman threatened to 'do' her boyfriend like defendant in high-profile Arizona murder trial, according to police complaint.
The explosive Arizona murder trial of a woman accused of stabbing and shooting her former boyfriend apparently has made an impression on a Bethlehem Township woman.
Police say the local woman, Latoya Sophia Mitchell, 28, picked up a kitchen knife during an argument with her boyfriend about household chores Wednesday night and threatened to “do him like the lady did to her boyfriend on the news.”
A criminal complaint said she was referring to the homicide trial in Mesa, Ariz., although it did not name the suspect – Jodi Arias.
According to reports, police in Arizona say Arias, 32, stabbed her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, 27 times, slit his throat and shot him in the head as he showered in his Mesa home in June 2008.
Arias is claiming self-defense, according to the reports, but police say the killing was premeditated.
In Bethlehem Township, meanwhile, Mitchell did not stab her boyfriend, the complaint says. In fact, the boyfriend told police she dropped the knife on the kitchen floor when he called 911.
The complaint, filed by township Patrolman Edward Fox III, says that while the officer spoke to the boyfriend, Mitchell returned to the apartment at 1822 Sixth St. in Miller Heights.
Fox says Mitchell admitted picking up the knife and waiving it at her boyfriend.
She was arraigned later Wednesday night by on-duty District Judge Robert Hawke of Lehigh Township on charges of terroristic threats and simple assault.
She was released on $15,000 unsecured bail.