Woman charged with attempted murder in North Troy stabbing
Police: 'I hope I killed him,' suspect says
A Newport Center woman denied charges of attempted second-degree
murder and aggravated domestic assault Friday following a knife attack that
left her husband, Sean Ahlquist, injured, the police said.
“I hope I killed him,” Jennifer Ahlquist, 40, told Orleans County Sheriff’s
Deputy Jonathan MacFarlane as he escorted her out of a trailer in North
Troy on Thursday, court records say. Her husband was found motionless
MacFarlane said he returned to the trailer and secured the bloody 8-inch
steak knife with a 4-inch blade, a court affidavit stated.
Sean Ahlquist, 42,
needed two stitches to close the stab wound to the
right chest and was later released from North Country Hospital. He reported
to state police that he and his wife had marital problems for a month, and
he told her he wanted to separate, State Trooper Deb Munson said in an
MacFarlane and the Vermont State Police responded to a trailer rented by
Allison Whittemore, 19,
of North Troy at about 4:25 p.m. Thursday when she called 911.
State Trooper Brian Connor said Jennifer Ahlquist arrived unannounced
and uninvited at Whittemore’s home on Vermont 105, assaulted Whittemore
and scuffled with Sean Ahlquist before grabbing the knife.
“I’m going to kill you. I’m going to kill your little girlfriend,” Whittemore
quoted Jennifer Ahlquist as saying, according to court papers.
Whittemore hid in the bathroom and heard Sean Ahlquist yell that he had
been stabbed and to call 911, Connor said.
Whittemore, who turns 20 on Saturday, sustained minor injuries and
scratches to the face and neck, police said.
The defendant told police she was driving down Vermont 105 planning to
visit her grandchildren when she spotted her tan Ford Explorer parked
behind a residence, Connor said. She said she knocked several times and
eventually entered and found her husband of 26 years on a bed with
Whittemore and “snapped,” Connor said.
Her husband and Whittemore said they were not in bed when his wife
entered, court records state.
Judge Howard VanBenthuysen ordered Ahlquist held without bail at the
request of the Orleans County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Ahlquist also pleaded not guilty Friday to a felony charge of unlawful
trespass and a misdemeanor count of simple assault on Whittemore.
The attempted-murder charge carries a possible sentence of 20 years to
life. The other three charges carry a combined 19 years in prison and
$28,000 in fines.