Plainridge Park Casino cleaner charged with trying to poison co-workers

Alexandria Martel pleaded not guilty Tuesday to assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and attempted poisoning.

Plainville--06/24/15The Plainridge Park Casino opened it's doors after a ribbon cutting ceremony in the morning. It is the first casino in the state.  The casino was very crowded at 230 pm. Boston Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki(metro)
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PLAINVILLE, Mass. (AP) — A member of the cleaning crew at a Massachusetts casino has been charged with trying to poison two co-workers she didn’t want to work with by pouring cleaning fluid into their sodas.

The Sun Chronicle reports that 23-year-old Alexandria Martel pleaded not guilty Tuesday to assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and attempted poisoning.

Police arrested the Attleboro woman Tuesday morning at Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville, shortly after co-workers reported that their sodas had been tampered with while left unattended.

A 39-year-old man spit out his drink out after noticing a chemical taste. A 35-year-old woman said her drink tasted bad.

Police say Martel told them she didn’t like her co-workers and wanted to make then nauseous.

A lawyer who represented Martel at arraignment declined comment.

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