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Man facing charges after naked girlfriend flees attempt to smother her

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Oct 01 2012 06:16:28 PM CDT
EASTON, Pa. -

Police arrested a man whose injured girlfriend fled naked into a hotel lobby after he allegedly tried to smother her in their apartment, officials said.

Dirk A. Helbig was taken into custody just after 2 a.m. Monday at the Hotel Lafayette, 11 North 4th St., Easton, officials said.

Michele Lawshe said Helbig accused her of cheating and then punched her in the hip, bit her left hand and put a pillow over her face, said officials, adding that police found Lawshe with a swollen right eye and a cut on her left earlobe.

Helbig, 44, was arraigned on assault and harassment charges and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $25,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set 1 p.m. Oct. 11.