Courtesy Bethlehem Police Department
August 25, 2015 07:15 AM

A woman told Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, police that she faked having a seizure and dying in order to avoid being killed by her boyfriend after he’d thrown her down a flight of stairs.

Bartholomew Palumbo, 25, faces charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault and other charges for allegedly attacking his girlfriend.

Palumbo called 911 himself early Saturday morning to report that his girlfriend had fallen down a flight of stairs after suffering a seizure, according to The Morning Call.

But when authorities arrived, the woman told them that Palumbo had become angry with her over text messages she’d received from a male friend, allegedly calling her a whore and grabbing by her by her throat.

He then allegedly slammed her down onto the kitchen floor and punched her repeatedly before tossing her down the basement stairs, a criminal complaint obtained by CBS News states.

“See what you made me do? Now I’m going to have to kill [you],” Palumbo allegedly told the woman.

After throwing her down the stairs, Palumbo allegedly shoved a rag into her mouth, at which point the woman faked having a seizure.

Palumbo is being held in Northampton County Prison on $100,000 bail. He has not yet entered a plea to the charges.

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