Teen accused of violent attack

A 15-year-old male is facing a slew of charges including attempted murder after a violent attack on a neighbor in Attleboro on Wednesday, police said.

Police said that around 10 p.m. Wednesday, a 63-year-old woman was surprised by the 15-year-old inside her home on Cumberland Avenue. The teen, who police said also lives on Cumberland Avenue and knew the victim, is accused of stabbing her multiple times in the neck and torso.

Police said that after the initial attack, the teen took the woman to a pond near the Seekonk line, where he dragged her from a car and attempted to drown her. Unsuccessful, the teen then put the woman back in the car and drove her to a third location.


There, he “attempted to clog [the car’s] tailpipe with an article of clothing in an attempt to asphyxiate her,” police said. While the teen was doing this, the woman was able to free herself, get behind the wheel of the car, and escape. She drove to Sturdy Hospital and contacted police.

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The woman is being treated at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence for injuries that are not considered life-threatening, police said. The teen was arrested when he arrived home around 3 a.m., police said.

The teen, whose name has not been released because to his age, was charged with attempted murder, home invasion, kidnapping, assault with intent to murder, intimidation of a witness, operating a motor vehicle without a license, and assault and battery upon a person over 60 thereby causing injury, police said.

A spokesman for the Bristol district attorney’s office was not available to comment.

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