Mount Pleasant woman charged in New Year’s Day stabbing woman

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Melissa Bernal

A Mount Pleasant woman was charged Monday with a felony charge of first-degree reckless injury for stabbing a woman on New Year’s Day.

Melissa Bernal, 30, was arrested by officers with the Mount Pleasant Police Department at a laundromat at 1730 State St. in Racine on Saturday.

According to the criminal complaint, officers responded at 7:58 a.m. Jan. 1 to Ascension-All Saints Hospital for a report of a 26-year-old Kenosha woman that had been stabbed.

Witnesses told police that Bernal and her friends confronted the woman over relationship issues. Security staff removed Bernal from the bar, but then she threatened the woman in an instant message on Facebook. The woman and her friends left the bar and drove to Bernal’s apartment at 7230 Kinzie Avenue.

“They drove into the lot and when they stopped at a stop sign in the lot, they saw Bernal walking toward them,” the report reads. “(The woman) jumped out of the car to confront Bernal about what she had said.”

Bernal — who had “something ‘pointy” in her hand” — lunged at the woman and stabbed her in the hip, nicking her femoral artery.

Bleeding, the woman started screaming. Her friends got her into the car and drove her to the hospital where needed surgery to repair the artery.

Bernal is being held at the Racine County Jail on a $20,000 cash bond. A preliminary hearing has been set for 8:30 a.m. Jan. 16 in Racine County Felony Court.


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