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Police: Hotel guest told housekeeping supervisor, 'I'm going to kill you'

By JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent

March 20. 2018 9:39AM

JASMINE HENDERSON (COURTESY)



PORTSMOUTH — A New York City woman accused of stabbing a housekeeping supervisor multiple times at the Sheraton-Portsmouth Harborside Hotel allegedly began the attack after asking when her room would be cleaned.

Court documents in the case against hotel guest Jasmine Henderson, 32, of Bronx, N.Y., detail last week’s violent scissor attack and an alleged threat to kill the housekeeper who struggled to defend herself before fleeing down a hallway.

Henderson, who waived arraignment Monday in Rockingham County Superior Court and remains held at the county jail, is charged with attempted second-degree murder, five counts of first-degree assault with a deadly weapon, and criminal threatening with a deadly weapon.

According to a Portsmouth police affidavit, Sheraton-Portsmouth Harborside Hotel housekeeping supervisor Lucia Emery was servicing a room around 9:45 a.m. on March 16 when she was approached by Henderson, who was a guest staying in another nearby room.

Police said Henderson stood in the threshold of the room and asked Emery when her room would be cleaned.

Emery told her that if she wanted the room cleaned immediately she would contact the housekeeper responsible, police said.

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

Emery lost sight of Henderson as she turned away from the room, but police said seconds later Henderson reappeared in the doorway holding what Emery at first thought was a blue pen in her right hand. Police said it was later determined to be a pair of scissors.

“Ms. Henderson then began striking Mrs. Emery with the blue object, with the initial strike hitting her in the right side of her face,” police said in the affidavit.

Emery told police that Henderson stated, “I’m going to kill you,” as she “continued to pummel her in the head and face with the object in her clinched right hand,” police said.

During the assault, Emery asked Henderson what she had done as she retreated back into the room while trying to defend herself with her hands and arms, police said.

Henderson allegedly continued to stab Emery, who police said was bleeding “profusely” as she made it into a hallway where she ran and told other employees what was happening. Another worker then confronted Henderson, who dropped the scissors.

When questioned by police, Henderson said “when the housekeeper answered her, she believed she was making fun of her,” the affidavit said.

“Ms. Henderson then said, ‘I guess I attacked her,’ and indicated she used scissors during the incident,” the affidavit said.

The alleged assault left Emery with a puncture wound to her right cheek and stab wounds to her oral cavity. She also suffered four contusions to her upper back, behind her right ear, and back of her head, along with six superficial wounds to the temple area, neck, to the left of the infranasal depression and upper part of her chest, police said.

jschreiber@unionleader.com


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