A police investigation into the stabbing of an elderly man in December resulted in the arrest of a woman who allegedly stabbed him.

A police investigation into the stabbing of an elderly man in December resulted in the arrest of a woman who allegedly stabbed him.

Police Capt. Greg Shapiro said Asrieale Hassell was taken into custody Wednesday night after she was identified as the person who stabbed Benjamin Erwin, 52, on Dec. 6.

During a court hearing for Hassell Thursday, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said Erwin, who is handicapped and disabled, was stabbed 19 times in the face, neck, chest and head, and was taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center where he was treated for ďlife threateningĒ injuries.

Detective Jacqueline Stephenson reported that Erwin told police a person called him prior to the incident and that personís name and phone number were still on his Caller ID. When officers checked the Caller ID, they learned the number belonged to Hasssellís mother, and Hassell, who is in a wheelchair, uses that number.

Kizer said Erwin was stabbed during an attempt to rob him and a second suspect, who is a juvenile, had not been taken into custody yet. He said Hassell was placed on probation in 2010 after being convicted of robbery.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $50,000 bond for Hassell after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge her with first-degree battery, and told her to have no contact with Erwin until the case is settled.

Kearney appointed the Public Defenderís Office to represent Hassell, and told her to come back to court March 22.