Two Everett women today were ordered to wear GPS locating devices if they post bail while awaiting trial on charges they plotted a robbery that went awry in Winthrop. During the botched robbery, a Winthrop woman suffered serious stab wounds, according to Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley's office.
Sharnell Donahue, 31, and Diane Tuck, 51, both pleaded not guilty to numerous charges in East Boston Municipal Court where bail was set at $50,000 cash for each woman by District Court Judge Roberto Ronquillo, Jr. The judge also ordered the women to wear GPS devices if released on bail, to stay away from the victim and to stay out of Winthrop, prosecutors said.
The two women were arrested after police in three communities and civilian witnesses gathered pieces of information that when stitched together allowed officers to connect the women to the stabbing of the 44-year-old woman on Forrest Street around 8 p.m. Thursday, prosecutors said.
“The witness statements were a tremendous help,” Conley said in a statement. “The quick response by Winthrop Police and keen observations of Revere officers led to the arrest of suspects who might otherwise have escaped. This was outstanding work by civilians and police alike.”
Witnesses gave Winthrop police a description of one of the assailants and the license plate of a vehicle seen speeding away from the scene. The witness stored the license number on their cell phone so it would not be lost, prosecutors said.
Winthrop police alerted neighboring departments and Revere and Everett officers later stopped a blue Hyundai Elantra station wagon. Officers found a black ski mask inside the wagon and allegedly found a knife on Tuck when she was taken into custody.
Also inside the wagon was a 15-year-old girl, who is not facing criminal charges, prosecutors said. They declined to identify her because she is a juvenile.
The stabbing victim was rushed to Massachusetts General Hospital where she is in critical but stable condition, prosecutors said.
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