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MOUNT PLEASANT — A 30-year-old Mount Pleasant woman was arrested Saturday by police after allegedly seriously stabbing another woman at a Racine bar on New Year’s Day.

Mount Pleasant police reported the arrest at about 12:30 p.m. Saturday of Melissa Bernal, who was located in a laundromat at 1730 State St., Racine.

On Tuesday, Mount Pleasant police had responded to Ascension All Saints Hospital to take a report regarding a victim who was being treated for serious injuries after being stabbed. The assault had taken place that morning in the apartment parking lot of 7300 S. Oakes Road. The victim was a 26-year-old Kenosha resident.

Police said the assault was not a random act; the victim and suspect were acquaintances. The stabbing occurred after an altercation between Bernal and friends of the victim at a Racine bar on Tuesday.

The victim remains under a doctor’s care and is expected to recover from her injuries.

This case is being investigated by the Mount Pleasant Police Department. A referral was forwarded to the Racine County District Attorney’s office for the recommended charge of first-degree reckless injury.

Bernal was being held in the Racine County Jail Saturday evening. According to online court records, her past criminal convictions dating back to 2005 have been for criminal damage to property (twice), bail jumping, criminal disorderly conduct (three times), one of them for violent disorderly conduct; and felony misappropriating an ID to obtain money.

Anyone with information on the stabbing incident is asked to call the Mount Pleasant Police Department at 884-0454 option No. 4 or Crime Stoppers at (262) 636-9330, via e-mail through the website, or by sending a text message to CRIMES (274637) and typing in TIP417 with the text message.

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Michael "Mick" Burke covers business and the Village of Sturtevant. He is the proud father of two daughters and owner of a fantastic, although rug-chewing, German shepherd dog.