ITHACA, N.Y. — A man and woman are being charged with stabbing each other after an alcohol-fueled argument turned violent Sunday morning, police said.

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David J. Raimon, 54, is accused of stabbing his girlfriend, Amelia N. Kearney, 45, in the neck with a knife.

She’s accused of attacking him with the same knife and stabbing his hands and head, said Officer Jamie Williamson, of the Ithaca Police Department.

At Raimon’s bail and bond reduction hearing Wednesday, his original $10,000 cash bail and $20,000 bond were reduced to $5,000 bail and $10,000 bond.

Lawyer Seth Peacock asked City Court Judge Rick Wallace to reduce Raimon’s bail to $1,500 and release him on his own recognizance.

He said his client could have to restart his social security disability benefits if he continues to stay in jail.

Raimon said at the hearing that he has personality disorders from brain damage caused by his addiction to drinking.

Wallace said Raimon is a flight risk because he does not have a place to live anymore and had completed an alcohol abuse recovery program just days before the incident.

“Frankly, I’m stunned with the speed at which your client started drinking again…,” Wallace said.

Wallace’s decision can be amended if Raimon can find a new place to live.

The night of the stabbing

Williamson said police went to a home on the 200 block of South Geneva Street at 2:32 a.m. Sunday where they found Kearney with a one-inch cut on her neck.

She told officers Raimon stabbed her, Williamson said.

Raimon was found at a nearby apartment with cuts on his hand and head and taken into custody. Kearney was taken into custody later that afternoon.

Court records show that the two bought a liter of vodka and drank all of it at Raimon’s home.

The records show that Kearney grabbed a 6-to-10-inch blade from the kitchen and began stabbing Raimon with it.

The records go on to say Raimon took the knife away from her and stabbed her neck.

Raimon was charged with felony second-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. That was decreased to misdemeanor third-degree assault.

Kearney was charged with second-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. She was released on her own recognizance.


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