Two men face felony assault charges after fight on Saturday
By Patrick McArdle
STAFF WRITER | March 19,2013
BENNINGTON ó Two local men are facing felony charges after police said one man stabbed another in a fight over a woman on Saturday morning at a Bennington home.
Christopher Prevost, 33, of Bennington, who allegedly stabbed Donald L. Loveland II, 27, also of Bennington, was arraigned in Bennington criminal court Monday on a felony charge of aggravated assault with a weapon. Prevost was ordered held without bail.
Loveland was also arraigned in the same court Monday on felony charges of aggravated assault, burglary and unlawful trespass into an occupied home. Loveland was released without bail.
In an affidavit, Officer John Behan, of the Bennington Police Department, said police were dispatched to the Sweets Mobile Home Park on South Stream Road on Saturday at 8 a.m. to respond to an assault.
Behan said when he reached the scene, he saw Loveland, who he recognized from past encounters.
According to Behan, there was blood on Lovelandís shirt, pants, shoes and right hand. Behan said there was also blood on the ground next to Loveland and from where Loveland was standing to one of the homes.
Behan said he approached the home and was told by Andrea C. Stepp, 23, that the man with the knife was no longer in the home. However, another woman, Amanda Hover, also 23, said he was still inside.
According to the affidavit, Prevost was found in the home, without the knife but with blood on his upper torso, face and pants. Behan said Prevost told him he stabbed Loveland in self-defense and later stuck the knife into a wall of the home.
Behan said he found the 13-inch knife stuck in a wall of one of the hallways.
Several people in the house, including Hover, gave police similar statements. They said that a group of people were in Hoverís home and Stepp and Prevost were in the same bedroom. Loveland came into the home and went to the room where he and Prevost started to fight, witnesses told police.
The statements said that Loveland left but returned and the two men began fighting again although Hover and Stepp tried to break it up. It was during the later fight that Prevost used the knife on Loveland, according to the statements.
Behan said Loveland provided a statement when Behan spoke to him at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center later on Saturday.
According to Loveland, he and Stepp were in a relationship. While he said they had broken up two days before, he called it ďjust taking a couple days off.Ē Loveland said he came to the home because Stepp called him on March 16 and asked him to spend time with her.
In his statement, Loveland said Prevost assaulted him when he entered the bedroom. He admitted to leaving and returning, saying he came back for his hat and also admitted to hitting Prevost several times during the incident.
Prevost, who suffered a fractured rib, according to the affidavit, told police that he, Loveland and Stepp were coworkers. He said he met up with Stepp, whose name he thought was Amber, at a bar and they left together and went back to her home.
According to Prevost, Loveland started the fight and that he tried to leave but Loveland chased him. Prevost said he used the knife in self-defense.
Court records indicate that Prevost has a long criminal history of being charged with violent crimes, some involving the use of weapons, in Massachusetts but it was not clear how many, if any, resulted in convictions.
A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday morning to determine if Prevost will be given a chance to be released from custody pending the resolution of the charges.