Katherlan Johnson charged with attacking pregnant woman in Takoma Park

Johnson is accused of attacking the seven-months pregnant woman with a tiki torch. Photo: Takoma Park Police

(WJLA) - A Washington woman has been arrested and charged with attacking a pregnant woman inside a Takoma Park home on New Year's Day.

Katherlan Johnson, 46, has been charged with first degree burglary, second degree assault and several other charged after she allegedly hit a seven-months pregnant woman in the stomach with a tiki torch and stabbed another man.

The assault happened at about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday inside a home in the 8300 block of Flower Avenue in Takoma Park. Authorities say that Johnson removed an air conditioning unit from a window to gain entry to the home, then confronted the female victim.

Takoma Park Police say that Johnson then grabbed a broken tiki torch and began hitting the woman in the stomach. When another man in the home intervened, Johnson allegedly stabbed him. She then fled in a taxicab.

The male victim underwent surgery at a nearby hospital and is expected to make a full recovery. Johnson is being held at a District of Columbia jail awaiting extradition to Takoma Park.