BRATTLEBORO >> A local man is facing up to 15 years in prison after allegedly cutting someone with a knife.
Nicholas Rheaume, 29, of Brattleboro, pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and assault and robbery with a weapon in Windham Superior Court Criminal Division on Monday. Bail was set at $1,000.
Police responded to Canal Street in Brattleboro on Aug. 26 after hearing about a stabbing. An officer said a man had a towel wrapped around his hand was walking on Clark Street. Blood could be seen on the towel.
The victim was "extremely upset and appeared to be in significant pain," police said.
The victim told police Rheaume "put a knife in my (expletive) throat, dude," according to an affidavit filed by the Brattleboro Police Department. An officer asked the victim to show his hand.
"My (expletive) finger is hangin' off dog," the victim said, according to police.
The victim claimed he was sitting at a coffee table and counting money at 125 Canal Street and did not know Rheaume was looking at him. After dropping a $20 bill on the ground, the victim put it back in his pocket with more than $100. The victim said "all of a sudden" he had a knife placed at the back of his throat.
Police said a neighbor heard "screaming and hollering" then watched Rheaume run off. The victim came outside and claimed Rheaume had tried to cut his finger off.
Rheaume's cell phone and Bruins hat were in another neighbor's house. An occupant said there had been a fight and showed officers a knife she had rinsed off, according to police.
Later in the day, police responded to Williams Street for a report of an unknown person in their residence. Police said it was Rheaume, who is being charged with unlawful trespass and unlawful restraint for the incident.
"Rheaume had shaven his beard possibly in an attempt to change his look to avoid detection by police," the affidavit said. "(A victim) went inside her bathroom and found what appeared to be facial hair all over her bathroom sink. She went in her bedroom and found Rheaume lying on her bed... He told her that he had entered through an open window in her bedroom."
The victim asked Rheaume to leave but "he initially resisted doing so," police said. Rheaume then asked the victim to give him his pants. The victim claimed Rheaume cornered her in the bathroom and he threatened her, saying he wasn't afraid to go to fail and he would kill her. Another occupant of the residence told police she saw Rheaume confronting the victim in the bathroom.
In a jail cell, Rheaume told police he was on a couch when the male victim got into a fight with another male. Police said they told Rheaume there were surveillance cameras at 125 Canal Street and Rheaume would no longer answer questions.
Rheaume was only "staring at me and smiling," an officer wrote in the affidavit. A third witness said she saw Rheaume stab the victim's left arm, according to police.
Call Chris Mays at 802-254-2311, ext. 273.