South Hadley woman arraigned on charges in connection with Dec. 23-24 incident in Leverett


Rie Hachiyanagi, 48, of South Hadley, was arraigned in Orange District Court, today,  on charges including armed assault to murder a person over 60, in connection with a Dec. 23-24 incident in Leverett.  

She is being held in the Franklin County House of Correction without bail pursuant to the dangerousness statute, until her next hearing in Orange District Court on Feb. 4, 2020.

Police allege that Hachiyanagi assaulted the victim in the victim’s Leverett home, beating the victim with a rock, fire poker and garden shears, leaving the victim, who is expected to survive, with severe injuries.

In addition to the armed assault to murder charge, Hachiyanagi is charged with three counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, one count of mayhem and one count of armed assault in a dwelling.