WOONSOCKET — A woman threw a bizarre temper tantrum in the Fairmount section Wednesday during which she allegedly tried to stab three children with a butcher knife, police say.
Brittany Lee Billington, 19, is now held in lieu of bail at the ACI on three counts of felonious assault with a dangerous weapon, simple assault and resisting arrest.
It all began about midnight, police say, when Billington's neighbor, a woman in her 30s, and a male friend, pulled up in separate cars, in front of the neighbor's house on First Avenue. The male friend was sitting behind the wheel of his car, having a conversation with the woman, when Billington allegedly came running out of her house toward them and began striking the passenger-side windows of the man's car with the palms of her hands.
The man drove off, telling his friend he didn't want any trouble, and Billington returned to her apartment. A few moments later, however, Billington allegedly came outside again and confronted two of the woman's children, a boy and a girl, 14 and 13 years old, respectively, and another 13-year-old girl who is friends with the siblings.
For no apparent reason, Billington allegedly began spitting at the children. When the boy questioned her behavior, Billington allegedly slapped him in the face and tore his shirt.
The boy says he tackled Billington to the ground in attempts to restrain her, but she managed to escape and once again return to her apartment, above a garage.
For the third time, however, she re-emerged from her apartment, this time wielding what police described as a butcher knife. The children tried to hide in their yard as Billington allegedly poked the knife through a fence in attempts to stab them.
Police reports say the blade came quite close because the children were standing in a narrow enclosure with little room to move away.
When police arrived, the victims told police that Billington had returned to her apartment. While peering in through the windows, they saw evidence of some sort of violent disturbance inside, including an overturned refrigerator and household items tossed about. Also, police said they noticed a small amount of blood on the floor.
One officer also saw Billington lying on a couch, showing no apparent signs of distress or excitement.
After repeated knocks on the door went unanswered, police forced their way in. But Billington was nowhere in sight.
As they searched the residence, they realized she had fled through a window and issued a be-on-the-lookout alert for the woman. She was later found a block away, walking barefoot on Second Avenue, and taken into custody without further incident.