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Fight over laundry leads to stabbing at BC

Posted by Ralph Ranalli February 27, 2007 09:48 AM


A bloody feud in Boston College's Vanderslice Hall that left one student hospitalized and another free on bail began with accusations that one of the women had sabotaged her dormitory mate's laundry with bleach, court papers say.

After the showdown in the laundry room on Feb. 19, the two continued their agitation, the documents say, and last Friday it turned violent when Brianna L. Jones, 19, allegedly stabbed Diana Mirambeaux-Saker, 19, twice in the chest with a pocket knife. The attack left the wall and floors of Vanderslice Hall, a center of student life at the Chestnut Hill campus of the Jesuit university, smeared with blood.

Jones, a sophomore from Middletown, Conn., pleaded not guilty yesterday to two counts of aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon at her arraignment in Brighton District Court. Mirambeaux-Saker, a double major in theater and psychology, was recovering from a punctured lung at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

"It had been something that escalated for the past two weeks," said 19-year-old Theresa Hamilton, who lives down the hall. "The two girls had been fighting for a while, and on Friday night, at about 10-ish, things seemed to erupt."

After Mirambeaux-Saker accused Jones of intentionally bleaching her laundry eight days before, the two students, who lived across the hall from each other, traded threats. Mirambeaux-Saker, from Roxbury, ratcheted up the tension last Friday by ripping the name tags off Jones's dorm room door, court papers say.

After noticing her door tag missing, Jones confronted Mirambeaux-Saker last Friday night in the first floor hallway of Vanderslice Hall, which houses 423 sophomores and juniors. Mirambeaux-Saker then grabbed Jones by the collar of her sweatshirt and verbally threatened her before Jones choked and punched Mirambeaux-Saker, records say.

The two women fought until another student, Kevin Gordon, 19, a friend of Mirambeaux-Saker, intervened.

Read more about the incident in April Simpson's story in today's Globe.

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