Police: Stabbing was over beer
By Brent Curtis
STAFF WRITER | July 23,2013
A Rutland woman who police say stabbed a man in the lung during a dispute over an 18-pack of beer Sunday morning in Rutland remains in jail on $10,000 bail after denying a felony charge in Rutland criminal court Monday.
Cynthia A. Namiot, 39, pleaded innocent to a felony charge of aggravated assault with a weapon — a charge that carries a potential 15-year prison sentence.
During Namiot’s arraignment, her court-appointed attorney, Lamar Enzor, asked that she be released on strict conditions due to her strong ties to the community. Enzor also said that Namiot’s account of what happened just before 2 a.m. Sunday at 104 Forest St. is different from the charges against her.
“This is a very much contested case on the facts as far as my client’s concerned,” he said. “She has every reason to show up (for court hearings).”
But Deputy Rutland County State’s Attorney Kevin Klamm said Namiot’s lengthy history of criminal convictions and pending criminal offenses — including five counts of violating her court-ordered conditions of release — weighed against releasing her without bail. She has several pending charges, including simple assault on a law enforcement officer.
Judge Theresa DiMauro agreed with the prosecution and set bail at $10,000 for Namiot who has been jailed since early Sunday morning.
She was arrested after police were called by several people reportedly present during the assault — including the man she is charged with stabbing, 48-year-old Douglas Smith, of Ripton.
Rutland Police Detective Cpl. Robert Gorruso said Smith was taken to Rutland Regional Medical Center early Sunday morning for stab wound to his left side that cut one of his lungs. A hospital spokeswoman said Monday that Smith had been treated and released.
Smith told police he was stabbed from behind — and then slashed on the arms — by Namiot as he was trying to leave her apartment carrying an 18-pack of 16-ounce Budweiser beers.
Smith said he had purchased the beers earlier in the evening in Brandon and brought them with him to Namiot’s apartment.
But he said when he decided to leave and take the beer with him, Namiot stabbed him with a steak knife.
Namiot denied stabbing anyone when police came to her apartment hours later.
According to court records, when asked by an officer what happened she replied, “Nothing, what you think I stabbed someone?”
During the interview, police say they noticed blood drops on the floor and in the driveway and they said they saw a white face cloth with red stains on it in the kitchen.
Namiot’s sister, Theresa Yannantuono, and a man in the apartment, Lindsey Haskins, told police that the blood was from Yannantuono stepping on a nail or broken tile. Haskins also said he had asked Smith and another man to leave the apartment earlier in the evening because they were making rude remarks and that they left without incident.