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Teen charged with attempted homicide at Dairy Queen in Mifflin County

Katelyn Stutzman, 18, is facing attempted homicide charges for allegedly stabbing her mother several times with a knife.
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MOUNT UNION, Pa. — State Police have charged 18-year-old Katelyn Stutzman of McVaytown, Mifflin County, with attempted homicide and other offenses related to a dispute at a Dairy Queen in Wayne Township.

Police say on March 3, Stutzman got into an altercation with her mother, 55-year-old Carol Stutzman, inside the restaurant and stabbed her several times with a knife after the dispute turned physical.

Several patrons from a neighboring restaurant intervened, causing Katelyn Stutzman to flee from the scene and exit the restaurant through a back entrance, according to police.

Once she got outside, Katelyn Stutzman attempted to leave the scene in her vehicle. As she left, she struck a 32-year-old male pedestrian with her vehicle, police say. She did not stop to check on the second victim's welfare, continuing her flight from the scene, according to police.

Both victims were transported to a hospital in Altoona for treatment. There was no update on their conditions.

Kateyln Stutzman works at the Dairy Queen, which is owned and operated by her mother, according to police. The dispute began in an office at the restaurant.

Katelny Stutzman told police she stabbed her mother in the chest with a black-handled knife during an argument, and continued stabbing her while her mother attempted to force her from the office and close the door. 

Carol Stutzman managed to disarm her daughter as the altercation moved to the kitchen area, but Katelyn Stutzman allegedly told police she grabbed a second knife and continued the attack, stabbing her mother again. She told police she only stopped when she heard other people trying to get inside the restaurant from next door.

Katelyn Stutzman was taken into custody at her residence in McVaytown. Her father notified authorities when she told him what had happened, police say.

She is charged with attempted homicide, two felony counts of aggravated assault, and two misdemeanor counts of recklessly endangering another person. 

A preliminary arraignment on the charges was scheduled for Friday afternoon, and a preliminary hearing for March 16.

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