Massachusetts man critical after attacked by girlfriend with ax, cops say
April 24, 2014
A northern Massachusetts woman was arrested Wednesday after allegedly attacking her live-in boyfriend with an ax, landing him in the hospital with a serious neck wound.
Authorities say 47-year-old Rhonda Ravanis, who lives in Lunenburg, was charged with attempted murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, vandalizing property and resisting arrest after attacking 53-year-old Robert Volpe at about 1 a.m. Wednesday.
Police say after attacking her boyfriend, Ravanis used the ax to damage a neighbor’s house.
The Sentinel and Enterprise reported that Ravanis was approached and, according to court documents, said, “I axed him. He is gone. I am all alone.”
Ravanis was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday, but was instead sent for a competency evaluation by a judge because she was being uncooperative. She is scheduled to appear in court next month when a lawyer will be appointed for her.
Volpe, who was found bloodied with a large gash on his neck, remains in a hospital in critical condition. Police did not disclose a possible motive.