Woman pleads not guilty to knife threat

BENNINGTON -- A woman accused of threatening a roommate with a kitchen knife during an argument Tuesday at Manchester home was released on conditions she not have contact with the roommate or the roommate's child, who some witnesses said was between the two at the time of the incident.

Annette Crooks, 38, pleaded not guilty Thursday in Bennington Superior Court Criminal Division to first degree aggravated assault with a weapon, and misdemeanor reckless endangerment. She is also under a condition she not leave the county.

According to an affidavit by Manchester Police Cpl. James Blanchard, on Tuesday at 5:04 p.m. he was dispatched to a home on Virgil Road for a reported fight. There he met with three adults, Crooks, Davona Williams, and Oniel Bromfield, who he learned lived there together. Blanchard wrote that a 2-year-old child was also with Williams.

Blanchard wrote that Williams and Bromfield began to argue with each other while trying to tell him what happened. Eventually the trio was separated when another officer arrived and Blanchard learned from Williams that she and Bromfield had been in an argument with each other. She said Crooks got involved and became upset when Williams made a comment to her.

Williams told police that Crooks got a kitchen knife and "came after" her while her 2-year-old was between them. She said Bromfield got between them and shouted to be careful of the child while Williams shoved Crooks.

According to Blanchard, Crooks admitted to coming toward Williams while holding a knife but she said the child was not between them when this occurred.


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