Connecticut woman charged in alleged stabbing at Soldier On home in Leeds 

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Published: 8/17/2019 2:12:32 PM

NORTHAMPTON — A woman was ordered held without bail Friday afternoon after being arraigned in Northampton District Court on charges that she allegedly stabbed a man at an apartment on the grounds of the VA Medical Center in Leeds. 

Theresa Damigo, 51, of Manchester, Connecticut, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to one charge of attempted murder, three counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a dangerous weapon, and assault and battery on a family/household member.

The alleged attack took place at Soldier On’s Gordon H. Mansfield Veterans Community in Leeds. The man Damigo is accused of attacking is known to her and is a resident of the development. He was transported to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield to be treated for his injuries. Damigo was transported to Cooley Dickinson Hospital. 

According to court documents, police responded to the scene in the early morning hours Friday for a report that a man had been stabbed.

Police interviewed the alleged victim, who reported that Damigo had stabbed him twice in the right leg and struck him with a cellphone and a cane, according to court documents. He also told police Damigo had threatened to kill him and tried to stab him in the chest, after which he punched her in the face and fled the apartment, according to court documents.

The man said Damigo had come to his house two days ago, and that the two had been drinking for a few days. He told police when they interviewed him that he had a few drinks but was not drunk, according to court documents. 

Police said Damigo told them she stabbed the man twice in the leg, but denied striking him with a phone and said he hit her with a cane, according to court documents. She told officers that she had been staying at the residence for about a week.

Soldier On’s residential development has a 10 p.m. curfew and does not allow alcohol or overnight visitors. 

Soldier On Executive Vice President John Downing told the Gazette that the incident would not have happened if the resident had followed the rules. He also said the resident is receiving treatment at the VA Medical Center in Leeds, and praised the Northampton Police Department’s response to the incident.

“They’re just excellent,” he said.

Damigo was arraigned before Judge Maureen Walsh. A dangerousness hearing on pretrial detention for Damigo is scheduled for Thursday.

Bera Dunau can be reached at bdunau@gazettenet.com.


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