Mahaffey Woman Accused of Trying to Stab Husband, Biting State Trooper Pleads Guilty

CLEARFIELD – A Mahaffey woman accused of trying to stab a man and biting a state trooper pleaded guilty Tuesday during sentencing court.

Amy Beth Grad, 40, was sentenced to six months to one year in jail with two years consecutive probation for aggravated assault by Judge Paul Cherry. She was ordered to complete anger management counseling.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, on June 1, 2018 at her residence, she fought with her husband and tried to stab him.

When police arrived, the victim said they had been arguing about general things before he went to sleep in the bedroom and she spent the night on the couch in the living room.

At 7:20 a.m., they argued again after she came into the bedroom, doing a “seductive Cleopatra type dance,” saying “come on baby it’s going to be alright” and then hissed at him.

He told her to leave the room, but she refused. He tried leaving instead but she stood in the doorway blocking the exit.

She then grabbed a “sharp, smooth-blade kitchen knife” that was on top of the bookshelf.

He struggled to get the knife from her, but she unsuccessfully tried to stab him in the abdomen.

When she attempted to stab him again, he was able to grab her arms and raise them above his head, which caused the knife to go into the wall and break.

As he attempted to restrain her further, she bit him in the upper right chest, causing a slight injury.

At this point, he was able to get away and get outside the residence where he waited in his vehicle for police.

One of the troopers who tried to take Grad into custody, said she refused to comply with their commands and had to be forced to the ground.

This took place outside the residence in full view of the neighbors and passing motorists.

During this time, she was screaming and acting in a violent manner.

As they attempted to handcuff her, she actively resisted by trying to pull her hands away and place them under her body.

Once she was successfully restrained and placed inside the police car, it was discovered she still had possession of the keys to the family vehicle.

As a trooper tried to retrieve the keys from her shorts pocket, Grad leaned over and bit the trooper on her hand, causing pain, redness, swelling and bruising, according to the report.

It was determined that she should be transported to Penn Highlands DuBois for a mental health evaluation. During the transport, she continuously spat throughout the back seat.

The patrol unit had to be taken out of service until it could be professionally cleaned of any potential biological contaminants.

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