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Art professor accused of trying to beat co-worker to death

by Christena Rosenberg (2020-03-07)

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A college art professor was charged with attempted murder after she allegedly brutally assaulted a female colleague 'that she loved for many years' over the holidays.

Rie Hachiyanagi, 48, who works at Mount Holyoke College, is accused of assaulting the victim on the night of December 24 with 'multiple implements including 'fists, rocks, garden clippers and a fire poker.'

Police claimed Hachiyanagi called 911 shortly after midnight to report that the victim was lying in a pool of blood and was 'barely breathing' inside her Leverett, home in Massachusetts. 

Hachiyanagi allegedly told officers she arrived at the victim's home in an unplanned visit stating she 'wanted to talk about her feelings,' the Daily Hampshire Gazette reported. 

Rie Hachiyanagi, 48, (pictured), was charged with attempted murder after she allegedly brutally assaulted a female colleague 'that she loved for many years' over the holidays


WWLP Privacy Policy She has been charged with armed assault with attempt to murder a person over 60, three counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, mayhem, and login 88dewa armed assault in a dwelling, the outlet. 

She then went inside and attacked the victim, who was also a faculty member, with 'fists, rocks, garden clippers and a fire poker.'

The victim told officers she 'thought she was going to die at the hands of Hachiyanagi,' according to the outlet. 

Hachiyanagi allegedly responded 'that she loved her for [the victim] many years and she should have known,' according to the outlet. The victim claimed in the police report that she knew Hachiyanagi  since August 2005 and they were friends.

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Share The victim 'played along' by telling the accused she had mutual feelings towards her and she encouraged her to stop her assault. 

The woman said she did not want to tell officers the identity of her assailant until she was taken away because she was so afraid. 

Police arrested Hachiyanagi at the Leverett home at approximately 7 pm on December 24. 

She was reportedly found to have the victim's keys, cellphone and glasses.In an recorded interview after the incident occurred, Hachiyanagi reportedly told cops that she had no recollection of anything after 6pm that night.  

Police claimed Hachiyanagi called 911 shortly after midnight to report that the victim was lying in a pool of blood and barely breathing inside her Leverett, home in Massachusetts. The two women were faculty members at Mount Holyoke College, (pictured) 

She was arraigned in Orange District Court on Friday and is being held in the Franklin County House of correction until her next hearing on February 4, WWLP reported. 

The female victim, who has not been named, is expected to survive but sustained serious injuries.

A profile on the college website states that Hachiyanagi came to the United States as a high school exchange student in rural Kansas from Sapporo, Japan. 

It adds: 'Her initial inability to effectively communicate in English led her to engage in artistic forms of expression.'

Hachiyanagi was placed on administrative leave and is not allowed on the campus as an investigation continues. 

A statement from the college claimed to WWLP claimed the incident occurred off-campus and resulted in the hospitalization of one faculty member who is receiving care. 

It added: 'We understand that the other faculty member involved is in custody and facing criminal charges. 

'This individual has been placed on administrative leave from the College and is not permitted on our campus pending further review of the incident. We will cooperate fully with law enforcement agencies in support of their ongoing investigations.

'We take very seriously the safety and well-being of every member of our community, and the College is providing support to impacted parties as appropriate.'

 

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