Online Date + Remote Idaho Cabin + Butcher Knife = Felony Charge

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The Bonner County police blotter includes a cautionary tale of online dating.

This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that a Spokane, Wash. woman was put behind bars March 23 on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after her online date told authorities that she attacked him with a butcher knife.

The alleged victim, a 55-year-old man, told law enforcement that he met 48-year-old Bethany Ann Gomez online and that the two decided to spend some time at a cabin in the remote town of Coolin. But the man also said that Gomez polished off about three-quarters of a fifth of rum, then became upset when she couldn't find her phone. The man said he went into the bedroom to look for the phone, but the woman followed him with a butcher knife in her hand and allegedly tried to stab him.

The man said when he tried to drive Gomez somewhere else, she began damaging his vehicle's interior. Law enforcement eventually found the woman passed out by an an outbuilding. Her story is a bit different than his: Gomez says the man attempted to touch her before things got out of control.

Gomez is set for an April 1 court hearing.