W.Va. woman charged in Canonsburg stabbing

  • By Kathie Warco March 31, 2013

CANONSBURG – A West Virginia woman was arrested Sunday morning by Canonsburg police after she allegedly stabbed her former boyfriend’s new girlfriend at his home.

Kristin Marie Schnelle, 19, of McMechen, W.Va., is accused of stabbing 21-year-old Aubrey Buehner of Martin’s Ferry, Ohio, in the arm just after 7 a.m.

Canonsburg police Sgt. Don Cross said Schnelle went to the home of her former boyfriend, Robert Cramer II, 32, of 211 McShane Ave., after reportedly seeing images of him on Facebook with his new girlfriend. Cross said Schnelle and Cramer dated for about two years, since she was 17, and recently had broken up.

Police initially were called to the home for a report of an attempted suicide that involved a knife.

“She said her intent was to kill the new girlfriend and then kill herself,” Cross said.

When police arrived at the home, they found Buehner seated at a kitchen table being treated by Cramer’s mother. Police went downstairs and found Cramer restraining a woman, later identified as Schnelle. When Cramer released her, she grabbed an open bottle of bleach and tried to drink it until police knocked it away.

Cramer told police he and Buehner were sleeping in bed and were awakened when Schnelle started stabbing Buehner with a kitchen knife. Police said Schnelle was able to stab Buehner several times before Cramer was able to pull her off. Cramer also told police that Schnelle brought a bottle of pills with her and was shoving them in her mouth, swallowing them. The pills were later determined to be iron vitamins.

Police said Schnelle used her own set of keys to enter the home. A car Schnelle used to drive to Canonsburg was found parked outside Cramer’s home. Inside, police found a note she wrote to her mother, asking for forgiveness as well as from other family members. Found inside her purse was a receipt for the bleach that had been purchased Sunday morning.

Schnelle told police she left her home in West Virginia that morning after seeing Facebook images of Cramer embracing his new girlfriend.

Buehner, who suffered what police described as two, large stab wounds to the upper left arm, was taken to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh for treatment of what police described as nonlife-threatening injuries. Police recovered two knives at the scene.

Paramedics treated Schnelle for ingesting the bleach. Schnelle was then taken to Washington Hospital for treatment before she was released to police.

During her video arraignment before District Judge James Ellis, Schnelle said she recently was fired from her job at a West Virginia grocery store. She also told the judge that she had never been arrested.

Schnelle is charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and simple assault, She was placed in the Washington County jail on $25,000 bond.

Kathie O. Warco has covered the police beat and transportation for the Observer-Reporter for more than 25 years. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism.


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