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Johnstown Teen Arrested

Authorities with the Johnstown police department say a local teenager is behind bars, accused of stabbing her own mother and then putting her in a “chokehold.”

According to the affidavit, officers were dispatched to a residence along Boyd Ave. Wednesday for a report of a stabbing.

Authorities say dispatchers stated that the suspect, 18-year-old Serenity Conahan, had reportedly stabbed the caller in the arm and neck and was still on scene with the knife.

Police say when they arrived at the home, they observed numerous injuries to the victim, including a stab wound to her wrist, a laceration on her neck and several other superficial injuries.

Authorities say Conahan was found in the upstairs of the home, along with the knife, and was taken into custody without incident.

Upon further investigation, officers learned that the victim had texted her two other children, stating that Conahan had stabbed her and was threatening to kill their dogs.

Police say, according to the victim, the altercation began as the two were “discussing family matters.”

Authorities say the victim believed that Conahan had been drinking and “became violent.”

Police say Conahan had reportedly grabbed the knife and would not allow the victim to leave the room prior to stabbing her in the wrist.

Investigators say Conahan allegedly followed the victim into another room and attempted to strangle her by “putting her in a chokehold.”

Police noted that while Conahan was choking her mother, she allegedly yelled, “shut up, I have to finish it.”

Conahan is being held at the Cambria County Prison on various domestic violence related charges, including aggravated assault, strangulation and false imprisonment.

Online court records show that her bail has been set at $50,000.

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