Norwich woman facing attempted murder charge in boyfriend’s stabbing

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 10/7/2019 10:14:50 PM

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — A 38-year-old Norwich woman is facing charges of attempted second-degree murder and first-degree aggravated domestic assault after police say she stabbed her boyfriend in the chest area inside their New Boston Road apartment in Norwich last month.

Danbury, N.H., police arrested Amanda Zanis over the weekend on a warrant out of Windsor Superior Court, and she was slated to appear in a New Hampshire courthouse Monday before being returned to Vermont to face the two felony charges.

Zanis told police that she stabbed Pete Juricek as he sexually assaulted her inside the apartment they shared. But following a lengthy investigation, police allege Zanis fabricated that story and was instead the aggressor, according to a Vermont State Police affidavit written by Detective Sgt. Jesse Robson and filed in the White River Junction courthouse on Friday.

Juricek is not facing charges in connection with the Sept. 12 incident.

Zanis allegedly stabbed Juricek in their bedroom out of jealousy. After Juricek told her he was getting back together with his ex-wife, Zanis pulled out a long, sharp “bayonet-style” knife from under the pillows and stabbed him in the left shoulder area, according to the affidavit, which includes information from Norwich Police Chief Jennifer Frank.

Juricek ran to their landlord’s nearby apartment, asking him to call 911, but Zanis followed him. Juricek instead tried to drive himself to the hospital, but Zanis jumped in the vehicle and started physically assaulting him, at some point biting him, according to the affidavit.

Juricek was able to get Zanis out of the vehicle and drove to the hospital, where he received medical treatment for a collapsed lung and a wound “at least” 5 centimeters deep, the affidavit states.

Zanis also went to the hospital that night and underwent a sexual assault exam. She said Juricek sexually assaulted her on the night in question so she stabbed him to stop the attack, according to the affidavit.

But the conversation with police shifted in the days after the incident, with Zanis declining to talk with a victim’s advocate, saying nothing happened and that she wanted to drop a restraining order she had filed. (The order has since been vacated.)

Zanis ultimately declined to let authorities review the sexual assault examination kit.

Zanis’ statement about begin sexually assaulted was undermined by a number of factors, the affidavit states, including that she provided inconsistent statements. In addition, things that she said happened were proven not to take place, the affidavit states.

She made claims of sexual assault against at least two men in the past that didn’t materialize, according to the affidavit, and another man told police Zanis had been violent toward him before.

Zanis has an “extensive history” of arrests and convictions, including for violent crimes such as assault; Juricek has no criminal record, the affidavit states. Zanis in July accused Juricek of sexual assault, an allegation he denied. Zanis told police she didn’t want him charged and the case ended, the affidavit states.

Zanis told the victim’s advocate that she and Juricek had lived together for about six months and that they met online; they had a living arrangement where he provided her transportation and he stayed at the residence for free. She lost her license for driving under the influence, the affidavit states.

“Pete made numerous statements to law enforcement, providing a version of events that were consistent and understandable,” the affidavit states. “His description of Amanda’s past behavior leading up to the incident under investigation has been verified by witness interviews and law enforcement reports.”

Authorities in late September executed a search warrant for Zanis’ cellphone, including her text messages and call logs, according to documents filed in the White River Junction courthouse. It wasn’t immediately clear if what was found on her phone has helped in the investigation, but investigators found more than 40 voicemails from Zanis on Juricek’s phone, including several from different phone numbers, according to the warrant.

A Windsor Superior Court judge issued a warrant for Zanis’ arrest on Friday. Her arrest happened on Saturday during a traffic stop, Frank, the Norwich chief, said on Monday.

It isn’t clear when Zanis will face a judge in Vermont.

Frank issued a news release two days after the incident. She referred to the situation as a “domestic assault,” but provided few details.

Jordan Cuddemi can be reached at jcuddemi@vn or 603-727-3248.

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