Woman facing charges after allegedly threatening another with knife

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BENNINGTON>> A woman is facing charges after allegedly threatening another woman with a knife.

Eleanor L. Crandall, 38, of Gage Street, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Vermont Superior Court to felonious charges of second-degree attempted murder and aggravated assault with a weapon.

According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Officer David Faden, a female 911 caller on Tuesday just after 1 p.m. told a dispatcher that she was hiding in a bathroom at a Gage Street residence and that another female had a knife.

Upon arrival, Faden spoke with the 911 caller, a 23-year-old woman, who said she and her boyfriend were watching a friend's apartment and that Crandall was her friend's ex-girlfriend.

In their written statements to police, the woman and her boyfriend said they were at her friend's apartment when Crandall came to retrieve some things.

Crandall allegedly began yelling obscenities at the woman. Crandall then allegedly picked up a six-inch steak knife and ran at the woman, screaming that she was "going to get her."

The woman told police that Crandall was trying to stab her with the knife and that she feared for her life. While the boyfriend held back Crandall, the woman fled into the bathroom, locked the door and called 911.

Crandall told police in a videotaped statement that she went to the apartment to retrieve some food, her phone and her phone charger, according to the affidavit. She said that she had slept at the apartment the previous night and that the other woman did too. She stated she did get into a verbal argument, but did not have a knife, and did not want to hit the woman.

Crandall was released on the condition she not contact the accusers. She is represented by the Bennington County Public Defender's Office and is expected to return to court for a weight of evidence hearing early next week.

Contact Edward Damon at 413-770-6979


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