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Woman indicted in alleged scissor attack on Portsmouth hotel housekeeping supervisor

Union Leader Correspondent

May 21. 2018 7:59PM


BRENTWOOD — A New York City woman is facing attempted murder and first-degree assault charges for allegedly stabbing a Portsmouth hotel housekeeping supervisor with scissors in March.

Jasmine Henderson, 33, of Bronx, N.Y., was indicted this month on one count of attempted second-degree murder, five counts of first-degree assault, and criminal threatening for the violent attack on March 16 at the Sheraton-Portsmouth Harborside Hotel.

The indictments handed up by a Rockingham County grand jury allege Henderson struck the victim in her left cheek and penetrated her oral cavity and also stabbed her in the neck, chest, upper back, and back of the head. The victim suffered superficial wounds.

Henderson is also accused of threatening the victim by telling her that she was going to kill her during the stabbing.

According to a police affidavit, the victim was servicing a room on the morning of March 16 when she was approached by Henderson, who was a guest staying in another nearby room.

Police said Henderson asked when her room would be cleaned. The victim told her that if she wanted the room cleaned immediately she would contact the housekeeper who was responsible, police said.

Henderson told the victim that she was leaving at noon and had food in the room, police said. The victim explained that the housekeeper wouldn’t touch the food and that the room had a refrigerator.

Henderson allegedly stepped away, but came back moments later and began stabbing the victim.

The victim asked what she had done and tried to defend herself during the attack, police said.

Henderson was later arrested and told police that “when the housekeeper answered her, she believed she was making fun of her,” the affidavit said.

Henderson also told police, “I guess I attacked her,” and indicated that she had used scissors during the incident, the affidavit said.

An indictment is not an indication of guilt; rather, it means a grand jury found enough evidence to bring the case to trial.

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