Easthampton woman accused in hatchet throwing incident released

  • Danielle Rose Townsend is led away after her arraignment in Hampshire Superior Court on June 4, 2019.  STAFF PHOTO/BERA DUNAU

Staff Writer
Published: 6/10/2019 11:35:23 PM

NORTHAMPTON — An Easthampton woman who police allege threw a hatchet at an elderly woman in April was ordered released Friday on a number of conditions, including that she be outfitted with a GPS monitor.

Danielle Rose Townsend, 33, was arraigned and pleaded not guilty in Hampshire Superior Court last Tuesday on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon on a person age 60 years or older, assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to murder a person age 60 years or older, assault and battery and intimidation of a witness.

According to court documents, Townsend is alleged to have thrown a hatchet at an elderly woman, striking the woman on her forehead on April 16 in Easthampton. The incident occurred when Townsend allegedly became violently upset and attacked a number of people after she came to believe that her landlord was going to evict her, according to court documents. The arraignment was before Judge John Agostini.

The prosecution argued that Townsend be detained on the grounds that she is a danger to the community. Townsend’s attorney, Alan Rubin, argued that she be released with conditions.

“This is a fairly frightening event,” Agostini said.

Agostini handed down his decision Friday and ruled that Townsend could be released on her own recognizance with eight conditions that include no contact of any kind with the alleged victims, no alcohol, marijuana, or illegal drugs, GPS monitoring and a curfew.

Townsend has a pre-trial hearing scheduled for July 9.

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

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