BARRE — A Granite City man is accused of stabbing someone in the leg with a steak knife and groping a woman.
Quinton J. Breault, 20, pleaded not guilty in Washington County criminal court in Barre on Friday to felony charges of aggravated assault with a weapon and lewd and lascivious conduct, and misdemeanor counts of simple assault and disturbing the peace by electronic means. If convicted, Breault faces a maximum sentence of 21 years and three months in prison. He was ordered held at Northeast Correctional Complex in St. Johnsbury on $25,000 bail.
In her affidavit, Officer Brieanna Murphy of the Barre City police said an assault was reported Thursday involving Breault and another man. The caller told police Breault had argued with the man on Facebook about a woman. The caller told police the fight occurred at the intersection of South Main Street and Prospect Street and at one point Breault stabbed the man in the right leg with a steak knife.
Murphy said when they spoke to Breault, said he had been receiving threatening text messages from the man and that the man told him he wanted to fight. He told Murphy he had the knife on him because he was afraid the man would confront him. Breault said the man charged at him and he tried to stab the man in the chest and leg.
Murphy said she spoke to the victim, who showed police a message Breault sent to him, reading “a steak knife is going in someone’s throat,” and said Breault threatened to kill him, according to court records.
Murphy said she spoke to the woman Breault and the victim had been arguing over, and she reported seeing Breault attack the man.
For the lewd and lascivious conduct charge, Cpl. Jonathan Houle of the Barre City police said in an affidavit that the same woman involved in the knife incident reported Breault had walked up behind her and grabbed her without permission. She told police he also yanked her hair. The woman told police this occurred shortly before the knife attack.