NH man charged with hypodermic needle assault

February 25, 2013, 11:21 am
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MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Police say a Manchester, N.H., man has been accused of assaulting his neighbor by sticking an insulin-filled hypodermic needle in her neck.
Police arrested 48-year-old Richard Crawford on Friday.
The neighbor, 78-year-old Leona Laplante, said Crawford wanted to talk to her about another tenant in their building, then reached behind her. She felt a poke in the back of her neck.
Laplante said she saw the syringe. She told police Crawford said he had poisoned her and that she was going to die. When she tried to call police, she said Crawford tried to take her phone, then said he didn't poison her.
Police discovered Crawford did have access to hypodermic needles that are pre-filled with insulin.
Laplante was taken to a hospital for observation and treatment.


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