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UPDATED: Woman stabbed 16 times at Bear Brook State Park, police say

Special to the Union Leader

January 27. 2014 9:15PM

An 18-year-old Allenstown woman is recovering from 15 stab wounds she received on Sunday night, shortly before being pushed out of a car on a deserted road that goes through Bear Brook State Park, authorities said Monday.


Her alleged assailant — Samantha Heath, 18 — was arraigned in Hooksett District Court Monday on a first-degree assault charge. Her arrest followed an hour-long foot pursuit in the woods of Barnstead, a pursuit aided by a state police dog, police said.


The victim, identified in court as Andrea Halvorsen, is unconscious but in stable condition after undergoing surgery at Concord Hospital


She sustained 15 stab wounds to her chest, stomach, back and arm.


“It is a possibility that we could end up filing attempted murder charges,” Assistant Merrimack County Attorney George Waldron said.


Police said they believe the stabbing took place in Heath’s car.


Waldron said Heath subsequently pushed the victim out of the car on Deerfield Road in Bear Brook State Park as witnesses started to come toward them about 9 p.m. Heath almost hit Halverson as she drove off, Waldron said.


Heath then fled to a Barnstead residence — the home of a man who has a protective order against Heath. When police arrived, Heath was packing a bag and than subsequently ran into the woods near the house.


An hour later, Heath was located and arrested with the help of the State Police K-9 unit, said Allenstown Police Chief Paul Paquette.


Paquette added that Barnstead police will likely charge Heath in connection with her flight. She could also be charged with violating a protective order, Paquette said.


He said police have yet to determine a motive for the assault and are unaware of how the victim and Heath knew each other. He said police have already obtained a warrant and searched the Barnstead home. He said police expect to obtain a warrant today for Heath’s car.


“We are working with the State Police Major Crime Unit on this as well,” Paquette said.


Bail for Heath was sent at $50,000 cash.


Waldron said that police do not have a valid home address for Heath and do not know where she went to high school. Heath, who was arraigned in Hooksett District Court through video, spoke in one- or two-word answers when addressed by the judge.


As part of Heath’s bail, she was ordered to stay away from Halvorsen. No probable cause hearing has been set, but Waldron said it is expected to take place within the next couple of weeks.


New Hampshire Union Leader reporter Mark Hayward contributed to this article.

Previous story follows:

ALLENSTOWN - One woman is hospitalized recovering from multiple stab wounds, while a second one is under arrest on a first degree assault charge in connection with an attack Sunday night at Bear Brook State Park.

Samantha Heath, 18, of Barnstead was arrested late Sunday night after she ran out a rear door of a Barnstead home as police arrived on the scene and was tracked down by a state police K-9, according to Allenstown police Lt. Mike Stark.

The woman who was stabbed underwent surgery at Concord Hospital and this morning is in stable condition, Stark said. Her name is not being released because police have yet to notify her family.

Investigators learned of the stabbing just after 9 p.m. Sunday in a 911 call reporting a woman, age 18 or 19, had been stabbed multiple times at Deerfield and New Rye roads near Bear Brook State Park.

Stark said a vehicle was involved in the incident and that police tracked one vehicle to a Barnstead address.

He said the women know each other and the stabbing is not a random event.

Heath is expected to be arraigned Monday afternoon in 6th Circuit Court, Hooksett District Division. She has been charged with first-degree assault.

- Pat Grossmith, New Hampshire Union Leader

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