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State police: Investigation into alleged Norfolk assault reveals victim might have been aggressor

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NORFOLK - State police investigators say they are close to wrapping up their investigation into an apparently alcohol-fueled family altercation Friday night that led a Norfolk woman being taken from scene by helicopter to the Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, Vt., for what were initially considered to be life-threatening injuries.

State police investigators said Monday afternoon the woman, in her early 40s, remains in the Vermont hospital, but she is now being treated for issues unrelated to her initial hospitalization.

State police Bureau of Criminal Investigation Sr. Investigator Judith Trimboli, Massena, said police interviewed the woman’s husband and stepson Sunday about the incident. They were located Sunday under a bridge in Potsdam by Potsdam Village Police. They told troopers they had walked to Potsdam from Norfolk.

“When we interviewed the two males, they said she was the aggressor. That version was backed up by witnesses. Nobody got arrested,” she said.

She said the investigation, to date, has indicated the trio had been consuming alcohol, and the female indicated she was going to drive a vehicle. Her husband and stepson reportedly told police they took the keys so she couldn’t drive since she had been drinking, and the woman became enraged. They told police the female fell to the ground when she pushed one of the men, who was on his bicycle, to the ground.

The female had been non-verbal and recorded vital statistics that had medical providers very concerned about her welfare at the scene of the incident, near the railroad tracks in the hamlet of Plumbrook in the town of Norfolk, but she was found to have no significant injuries when she was treated by physicians at the Vermont hospital.

“She had minor injuries, a small laceration to the back of her head and a scraped knee,” Ms. Trimboli said.

A case in its early stages that led police to believe they could be investigating a possible attempted murder has now turned out to be a possible harassment violation, with the potential that the only person charged in the case could be the female initially considered to be the victim of an assault.

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