Arrest made in Brockton home invasion
BROCKTON, Mass. (WHDH) -- Police arrested a man accused of stabbing a 62-year-old woman in the throat during a home invasion in Brockton.
Brian Vines, 38, was arrested Wednesday and charged with armed robbery, armed assault, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and kidnapping.
Police responded to Brookfield Drive in Brockton just after 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and found a woman suffering from stab wounds to the neck. She is in critical condition at a Brockton hospital.
Police said the 62-year-old woman let Vines into her home when he knocked on her door Tuesday night because she had known him for many years. However, once inside, Vines attacked the woman and stole her ATM card.
“The defendant confirms that, saying ‘I’ve got a gun, I will kill you.’ He them smashed her in the eye area in the face with that object that was in her hand. She collapses to the floor at which point this defendant stands over her and demands that she take her clothes off. The victim does not comply with that order. The defendant then begins attacking her further, punching her and kicking her, eventually slashing her throat with a knife that he had on his person and then stabbing her repeatedly in the lower back,” said Prosecutor Tim Kenney.
Neighbors who knew the victim couldn’t say enough nice things about her. They said she is a grandmother and well-liked by many.
“What a trash bag. She is the sweetest woman. I don’t even know how to explain it. She…this is awful,” said the victim’s friend, Donna Loring.
Police caught Vines in Raynham and he said he admitted his involvement, but said that it was an accident.
The Plymouth District Attorney said that he tried to get Vines committed as a sexually dangerous person but was unsuccessful.
Vines is now being held without bail and the victim is hospitalized and in stable condition.