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World Police: College professor tried to murder coworker with fire poker

02:26  07 january  2020
02:26  07 january  2020 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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A Massachusetts college professor was arrested and charged for allegedly attacking a coworker with a fire poker , leaving her with severe injuries. In addition to armed assault to murder , Hachiyanagi has been charged with three counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, one count of

a woman smiling for the camera: Professor of Art Rie Hachiyanagi in her profile photo from the Mount Holyoke College website.© Mount Holyoke College Professor of Art Rie Hachiyanagi in her profile photo from the Mount Holyoke College website.

A Massachusetts college professor was arrested and charged for allegedly attacking a coworker with a fire poker, leaving her with severe injuries.

Rie Hachiyanagi, an art professor at Mount Holyoke College in southern Massachusetts, was arraigned over the weekend on several charges, including armed assault to murder a person over 60, for allegedly attacking a colleague at her home over the winter break, prosecutors said.

Hachiyanagi, 48, is accused of assaulting the woman with a fire poker, a rock and garden shears, according to the Northwestern District Attorney's Office.

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A Massachusetts college professor was arrested and charged for allegedly attacking a coworker with a fire poker , leaving her with severe injuries. Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts.Lawrence Sawyer/Getty Images. The victim told police that In addition to armed assault to murder

that's why she tried to act like I was a threat instead I knew she tried to set me up. I had a feeling @hulu. Sounds like a round of “Clue”: the professor , in the library, with a poker .

The attack took place on Dec. 23 or 24 at the victim's home in Leverett, located about 40 miles north of Springfield, the office said.

The victim's identity has not been released, but the district attorney's office said she sustained "severe injuries."

The woman is expected to survive.

a large brick building with a clock tower on a green field: Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts.© Lawrence Sawyer/Getty Images Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts.

The victim told police that Hachiyanagi showed up at her home uninvited and revealed that she had romantic feelings for her, according to a police report obtained by Boston ABC affiliate WCVB.

Hachiyanagi allegedly said "she loved her for many years and she should have known" before attacking the woman, WCVB said, citing the report.

Hachiyanagi told police she didn't remember anything after 6 p.m. that day and she has a medical condition that includes multiple concussions that affect her memory, according to WCVB.

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Mount Holyoke College professor Rie Hachiyanagi allegedly tried to beat a faculty member “she loved” with rocks, garden shears and a fire poker When police arrived, Hachiyanagi, a professor at the college since 2004, told cops that her clothes were bloody from holding her injured co - worker

A Massachusetts art professor has been charged with attempted murder and other crimes after allegedly beating a fellow faculty member with a fire poker and other objects, according to the Northwestern District Attorney's Office. Rie Hachiyanagi, a professor at Mount Holyoke College in

Officials at Mount Holyoke College, where Hachiyanagi serves as a professor and art studio chair, confirmed that two faculty members had been involved in a "serious incident" that "resulted in the hospitalization of one faculty member who is receiving care."

Hachiyanagi has been placed on administrative leave and is barred from campus pending a review, school officials said.

"We will cooperate fully with law enforcement agencies in support of their ongoing investigations," the school said in a statement.

"We take very seriously the safety and well-being of every member of our community, and the College is providing support to impacted parties as appropriate."

In addition to armed assault to murder, Hachiyanagi has been charged with three counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, one count of mayhem and one count of armed assault in a dwelling, according to the district Attorney's Office.

She is being held without bail and is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 4. It is unclear if she has retained an attorney.

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