Saturday, September 8, 2012

Allentown, PA: Allentown woman found stabbed; boyfriend faces homicide charge, police say

An Allentown woman was killed early this morning and her boyfriend is charged with homicide, the Allentown police and the Lehigh County District Attorney's announced this afternoon.

Lauren Wolstenholme, 31, of the 400 block of South 18th Street, was pronounced dead at 3:47 a.m. The manner of death has been ruled a homicide and the cause of death is pending an autopsy scheduled for Monday, police said.

Jonathan Schaffer, 31, of the same address, will be charged with one count of criminal homicide, police said.

Officers were called at about 1:40 a.m. today to the couple's apartment for a report of a domestic dispute, police said.

Officers were unable to make contact with anyone in the apartment and forced their way inside, where they discovered Wolstenholme's body. Assistant Police Chief Joseph Hanna said Wolstenholme was stabbed.

Schaffer was found in the master bathroom, armed with a knife and refusing to comply with officer’s directions. Schaffer was ultimately shot with a stun gun and apprehended, police said

Schaffer was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital in Allentown for treatment for an apparent ingestion of drugs. He will be arraigned when he is medically fit, police said.

Hanna declined to say what kind of drugs police believe Schaeffer ingested and wouldn't speculate on whether they contributed to the murder. Hanna declined to comment on a motive.

The home is subdivided into four apartments. At least two neighbors said the did not know enough about the situation to comment.

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