CHARLEROI (KDKA) — A woman in Washington County is accused of stabbing her boyfriend with a steak knife.

Charleroi Police say 69-year-old Margaret Dillard told them her 49-year-old boyfriend hit her and chased her around the house, so she grabbed the knife which had an eight-inch blade and stabbed him in self-defense.

They had been drinking earlier at a nearby bar.

“He required three to four stitches in his arm to repair the damage and it was a fairly deep cut to his arm,” Charleroi Police Patrolman Mike Carcella said.

Police were at the same house on Prospect Avenue back in April for another fight between the couple. Dillard’s boyfriend told police she accidentally stabbed him in that situation, so no charges were filed.

Police say this time they had no choice but to file charges.

“It could have been a lot worse,” Carcella said.

It’s not clear what the couple was arguing about.

Dillard is facing aggravated assault and related charges. She was placed in the Washington County Jail on $10,000 straight cash bond.

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