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18-year-old Barnstead woman accused of stabbing acquaintance 15 times

Samantha Heath

(Courtesy of the Allenstown Police Department)

Samantha Heath (Courtesy of the Allenstown Police Department)

An 18-year-old Barnstead woman was formally accused in court yesterday afternoon of stabbing a female acquaintance 15 times – and then nearly running the victim over with her car. Investigators gave no motive for Sunday’s stabbing, which they said took place on Deerfield Road in Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown about 8:10 p.m.

Samantha Heath, of 6 Amherst Drive, was arraigned on charges of first-degree assault in Hooksett’s district court. She is being held on $50,000 cash bail.

The stabbing victim was in stable condition yesterday following surgery at Concord Hospital, hospital officials said. She had not yet regained consciousness so that investigators could question her further, Allenstown police Chief Paul Paquette said. Heath refused to talk to the police, Paquette said.

Heath, a pale, slim brunette with long hair tucked behind her ears, appeared in court wearing a blue jumpsuit on camera from where she is being held at the Merrimack County jail in Boscawen. She said only, “Hi,” and answered “yes” or “no” to questions presented by Judge Kristen Spath. Spath said Heath would be assigned a public defender.

The victim was identified only as a 19-year-old woman. Paquette said investigators were attempting to keep the young woman’s name out of the news because she was “pretty traumatized,” as well as out of respect for her family.

Paquette said the victim was “just barely” conscious when the police arrived following a 911 call reporting a woman walking in the road waving for help.

“They got enough information from the victim,” Paquette said, adding, “she knew who the assailant was.”

The 911 call was made by a father driving with his daughter in the car. They did not see the driver of the vehicle leaving the scene, a red Mitsubishi car, but were able to provide a license plate number. The car was identified as belonging to Heath, who “was known” by the Barnstead police, Paquette said. The Barnstead police pursued Heath while Allenstown officers remained at the crime scene, he said.

The police have not found a weapon, but they said they intend to secure search warrants for the car and the Amherst Drive home today. They have not determined what type of weapon was used.

Merrimack Deputy County Attorney George Waldron said Heath could face additional misdemeanor charges, one of which could be violating a domestic violence restraining order issued to protect a former boyfriend, who lives at the same Amherst Drive address that Heath lists as her own. The Barnstead police found her in the house gathering clothing, Waldron said, in an attempt to flee.

When the Barnstead police arrived at the Amherst Drive house, Heath ran out a back door and into the woods, where she led a state police K-9 unit on an extensive chase, Paquette said. Heath was arrested near the intersection of Brindle Pond and Shackleford Corner roads. She was treated for exposure.

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