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Heuvelton woman accused of attacking elderly woman in her home

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HEUVELTON — A village woman has been accused of breaking into an elderly woman’s home and attacking her last month.

State police on April 25 charged Kelsey A. Gagnon, 24, of 100 State St., with felony third-degree attempted robbery and misdemeanor fourth-degree criminal mischief.

About 11 p.m. April 24, troopers responded to a report of a robbery in progress at a residence on State Street, where a 74-year-old woman was allegedly attacked by Ms. Gagnon.

State police would not release the name or address of the alleged victim.

According to a news release issued Friday by the state police Bureau of Criminal Investigation unit, Canton, Ms. Gagnon had knocked on the door of the elderly woman’s home and asked to use the telephone because her vehicle had broken down.

“The 74-year-old female generously allowed Kelsey Gagnon to use her phone to make phone calls,” the release said.

Ms. Gagnon allegedly left the woman’s home and returned a short time later asking to use the phone again. Troopers said when she was invited in, she grabbed the elderly woman and demanded she hand over her prescription medications.

Investigators said the alleged victim attempted to activate her Life-Line bracelet to call for help, at which time Ms. Gagnon removed the bracelet from her arm, preventing her from summoning help.

“A brief struggle ensued and after Kelsey Gagnon determined she was not getting any medications from the 74-year-old female she fled the residence on foot,” the release said.

State police investigators said they were able to locate Ms. Gagnon at her home the morning of April 25 after the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department supplied a lead. Ms. Gagnon is a suspect in a similar burglary and attempted burglary in the Heuvelton area that is under investigation by the sheriff’s department. She had been identified as having several tattoos and facial piercings.

Her arrest followed an investigation by state police, St. Lawrence Deputy Greg Matthews and the U.S. Border Patrol.

She was arraigned in Oswegatchie Town Court and sent to St. Lawrence County jail, Canton, on $15,000 cash bail or $30,000 bond.

Ms. Gagnon’s case has been moved to St. Lawrence County Court, where it is awaiting grand jury action.

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