Woman held in attempted stabbing
A woman is being held in the Jackson County Jail on $200,000 bail for allegedly trying to stab a man and his dog at Bear Creek Park in Medford.
Angela Marie Robustelli, 33, of Klamath Falls faces charges of attempted first-degree assault, attempted first-degree aggravated animal abuse, attempted first-degree animal abuse, unlawful use of a weapon, menacing and second-degree criminal mischief.
She pleaded not guilty to the charges Thursday and has a pre-trial conference hearing scheduled for Tuesday, May 29, in Jackson County Circuit Court.
On May 6, Bobby Mitchell, 31, stopped at Bear Creek Park along Siskiyou Boulevard and was in the process of getting his dog out of his van, according to a probable cause affidavit.
“Robustelli approached him from behind with a knife in her hand and threatened to stab his dog,” a Medford police officer wrote in an affidavit. “Mitchell told me Robustelli lunged at him attempting to stab him and his dog with the knife.”
Mitchell was able to get away from her, the affidavit said.
A Medford Parks and Recreation employee observed the incident and was also confronted by Robustelli, the affidavit said.
“Robustelli held the knife over her head and threatened to stab him, too,” the affidavit said.
Robustelli left the park, but “stabbed” Mitchell’s van in several places before going, the affidavit said.
Other witnesses said they also thought Robustelli was trying to stab Mitchell and his dog, the affidavit said.
In 2008, Robustelli pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of intoxicants in Klamath County, according to court records.
She entered a diversion program, but fell into noncompliance several times, court records show.
Robustelli eventually finished the diversion program and had her DUII conviction dismissed, according to court records.
Reach Mail Tribune reporter Vickie Aldous at 541-776-4486 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her at www.twitter.com/VickieAldous.