A woman stabbed in the neck during a fight in a Lakewood parking lot Saturday suffered life-threatening injuries but is expected to survive.
The woman accused of stabbing the victim pleaded not guilty to first-degree assault Monday and was ordered held in lieu of $40,000 bail.
According to charging papers:
The argument started inside the store in the 7000 block of Bridgeport Way about 4:20 a.m. when the victim ran into her cousin and his 25-year-old girlfriend.
The women tried to throw punches at least twice, but the man was able to keep them apart.
At some point, the 25-year-old stole a kitchen knife from the store and went outside to confront her boyfriend’s cousin and her friend.
The woman allegedly stabbed her boyfriend’s cousin in the neck. She told officers it was self-defense because the other women wanted to jump her and she doesn’t know how to fight.