Police: Woman stabbed man who was attacking his girlfriend

A woman allegedly stabbed a man early Saturday because she saw the man attacking his girlfriend, police said.

The man, 20, told investigators he was arguing with his 24-year-old girlfriend shortly before 2 a.m. near Sixth and Lycoming streets in Hunting Park.

That’s when a 26-year-old woman, who police said the man did not know, allegedly got involved, stabbing the man once in the right side of the chest. The man was rushed to Temple University Hospital, where he was placed in critical but stable condition.

The suspect was stopped by police and positively identified as the offender. She allegedly told investigators that she had the knife in her pants pocket and used it to stab the man because he attacked his girlfriend. 

The knife believed to have been used in the crime was recovered, investigators said. The suspect’s identity had not been released Saturday afternoon. Police said the investigation remained ongoing with the East Detective Division. 

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