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RICHFORD — Police arrested a Bakersfield woman for attempted manslaughter Sunday after she allegedly stabbed her ex-boyfriend behind a Richford Laundromat. The woman’s current boyfriend was also arrested for assisting her in leaving the scene, said police.
According to Vermont State Police, the stabbing took place near the Wash & Save when a confrontation broke out in a group of people standing just off of River Street shortly after midnight Sunday.
The victim, Trevor Sweet, 19, of Richford, was transported by Richford Ambulance to Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans. He was listed in stable condition Sunday afternoon. Calls to the hospital regarding Sweet’s condition were not returned by press time this morning.
The suspects in the case, Caitlyn Fregeau, 20, of Bakersfield and Tanner Hart, 21, of Essex, were arrested after leaving the scene and being spotted in a vehicle traveling at 102 mph on Route 105 in the Swanton and St. Albans area.
In the mug shots provided by police, Fregeau and Hart have bruises on their faces. According to Lt. John Flannigan of the VSP, “It’s not from any altercation with police. It’s part of the altercation that occurred [Sunday] as well as a prior incident that is under investigation.”
Police determined that Sweet was allegedly stabbed by Fregeau, his ex-girlfriend. Hart, Fregeau’s currently boyfriend, is charged with assisting her in leaving the scene and eluding authorities. Both were taken into custody Sunday morning in Swanton by the Essex Police Department, which also was on the lookout for Hart’s vehicle.
Fregeau and Hart were interviewed and processed at the VSP St. Albans barracks. Fregeau was lodged at Chittenden Regional Correctional Center for attempted manslaughter on $150,000 bail. Hart was lodged at Northwest State Correctional Facility for accessory after the fact (manslaughter) and careless and negligent operation of a motor vehicle on $75,000 bail.
Fregeau and Hart were expected to appear in Franklin County Superior Court, Criminal Division to be arraigned at 1 p.m. today.
Police said there is no continuing threat to the community as this was an isolated incident. VSP are asking anyone who witnessed the stabbing, who has not been interviewed by law enforcement, to please call the St. Albans barracks at 802-524-5993.
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Dept. also had a presence at the scene of the incident.