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This story was updated at 4 p.m. on Jan. 7, 2014.

Police say a Washington, D.C., woman took a taxi to a Takoma Park home last week and used a broken tiki torch to attack two people, including a woman who was seven months pregnant.

Takoma Park police announced Thursday that the Metropolitan Police Department had arrested Katherlan Johnson, 46, in Washington on a warrant from the Takoma Park department.

Johnson was charged with first-degree burglary, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and malicious destruction of property.

According to Takoma Park police spokeswoman Cathy Plevy, Katherlan knew the man and woman she is accused of assaulting, but Plevy did not know the nature of their relationship.

Johnson took a taxi to the Flower Avenue home, which is owned by a man she knew, and knocked on the door “very loudly,” Plevy said.

A woman inside didn’t answer the door, so Johnson walked to the back of the home and forced her way in through a space she had created by pushing in an air conditioning unit.

Johnson attacked the woman inside, using a broken tiki torch to hit the woman in the stomach, according to police. The man in the house also got involved in the argument, trying to defend the woman Johnson was attacking.

Plevy said Johnson stabbed the man with an “unknown sharp object,” then fled in a taxi.

The man was taken to a hospital and required surgery, but was doing well and recovering.

“He’s going to be fine,” Plevy said.

No other information about his condition was available on Tuesday.

Takoma Park police said Johnson will be charged in Montgomery County District Court after she is extradited from D.C.

D.C. court records show she has a hearing scheduled for Thursday.

Sharon Burka, who is listed as Johnson’s lawyer in D.C. court records online, did not return phone calls seeking more information.

sjbsmith@gazette.net