A Berea woman has been charged with stabbing a man in the chest.

Sara L. Ritenour, 22, of J.D. Circle, was arrested at about 3:29 a.m. Tuesday after she allegedly stabbed a man two times.

The man, who has not been identified by police, was transported to the University of Kentucky Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Richmond police were called to the Super 7 in the 1600 block of Northgate Drive where they encountered a 30-year-old man who told officers a woman had stabbed him twice in the chest with a knife following a confrontation over money, said Larry Brock, Richmond police chief.

The man and woman are acquaintances, he said.

Officers located Ritenour in her motel room, where she was arrested.

Officers allegedly discovered a pocketknife suspected of being used in the stabbing and a search of her purse allegedly revealed numerous items of drug use paraphernalia.

Ritenour has been charged with first-degree assault, a Class B felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.

She is being held in the Madison County Detention Center on a $50,000 cash bond.

If convicted, she faces up to 20 years in prison.

Emily Burton may be reached at eburton@ richmondregister.com or at 624-6694. Follow Emily on Twitter at RR_EBurton@twitter.com.

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