Shawn Carpenter, 26, of 31 Spring Street Extension in Lunenburg, is being held without bail today since Townsend Police say he assaulted his girlfriend with a knife, tried to rape her, and then choked her until she was unconscious on Saturday night.
Carpenter was arrested at his mother’s house in Lunenburg Saturday about 11 p.m., by Lunenburg Police and state police.
In a prepared statement, Townsend Police Chief Erving Marshall says Carpenter went to his girlfriend’s apartment on Turnpike Road in Townsend on Saturday, assaulted his girlfriend with a knife, and then choked her until she lost consciousness.
The girlfriend, who police are not identifying, later regained consciousness only to have Carpenter start choking her again, according to Marshall. The woman managed to escape the second time, locked herself in a bathroom and called 911 on her cell phone.
Marshall understandably doesn’t provide any details, but in addition to other charges Carpenter is charged with assault with intent to rape. He is also charged with attempted murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Carpenter was arraigned today in Ayer District Court, where he was ordered held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing on June 22.