BROCKTON – A convicted rapist was charged today with slashing the throat of a 62-year-old grandmother in her home after she handed over her ATM card but refused his demand that she take off her clothes, officials said today.
The woman was attacked in her home on Brookfield Drive around 6 p.m. Tuesday and is now in stable condition at a Brockton area hospital, according to Plymouth County prosecutors and friends of the victim, who has been living alone since the death of her husband three years ago.
Her alleged attacker, Brian Vines, was captured early today and incriminated himself during a lengthy interview with Brockton police, Plymouth Assistant District Attorney Tim Kenney said today in court.
Vines was arraigned in Brockton District Court, where he pleaded not guilty to numerous charges, including armed kidnapping with serious bodily injury, armed assault in a dwelling, and armed robbery. Not-guilty pleas were entered to all charges and District Court Judge Michael Pomarole ordered Vines held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing.
Vines is also known as Brian K. Davis. Under the name of Davis, he is listed as a Level 3 sex offender by the Sex Offender Registry Board as the result of a November 2001 conviction on two counts of rape. He was released from state prison about 18 months ago, according to Plymouth District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz.
Cruz told reporters his office tried to get Vines declared a sexually dangerous person following an arrest in 2009, but the three qualified examiners who studied Vines concluded he did not qualify to be civilly committed to the Massachusetts Treatment Center in Bridgewater, potentially for up to life.
The latest act of violence allegedly began when Vines showed up at the woman’s home and asked for the cellphone number for one of her two adult sons. The victim and Vines were generally familiar with each other through his connection to the son, officials said.
Once inside, the woman volunteered to get him a bottle of water, but when she returned from the kitchen, Vines allegedly put her in a headlock and demanded that she hand over her ATM card and also provide him with the PIN number, officials said.
“Where is your pocketbook?’’ Vines allegedly asked the victim. “Give me your ATM card!’’
The woman wrote a false PIN number on a piece of paper, and gave it to Vines, even though he had threatened her life. “If it doesn’t work, I’ll come back and murder you and your family,’’ Vines allegedly told her.
He claimed he had a gun and threatened to kill her if she did not meet his demands to take off her clothes. The woman refused and Vines allegedly hit her in the head, and then slashed the dazed woman’s throat. As she lay on the ground, he also allegedly stabbed her repeatedly, authorities said.
Vines fled, and the woman was able to summon help around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
According to neighbors, the victim was a widow and a devoted Red Sox fan who was often visited by her two sons and her two grandchildren.