Enraged Prof Puts Colleague in Hospital With Broken Bones: Police - Page 2

Rie Hachiyanagi has been charged with attempted murder
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 5, 2020 12:00 PM CST

  • Unrequited love: But at the hospital, the victim told police another story—that Hachiyanagi had showed up unannounced saying she "wanted to talk about her feelings," per the report. Hachiyanagi then attacked her, and when the victim asked why, Hachiyanagi apparently said "that she loved her for many years and she should have known." The victim then played along, claimed she had feelings for Hachiyanagi, and persuaded her to call 911, per the Daily Hampshire Gazette.
  • Injuries: The police report states that an attending physician "offered a preliminary opinion that (the victim) was presented with multiple broken bones in (her) nose and eye area, and numerous lacerations and puncture wounds on (her) head and face." But she is expected to survive, per the Greenfield Recorder.
  • On leave: Hachiyanagi, who is an art professor and chair of the college's art studio, has worked at the South Headley campus since 2004. She's now on administrative leave and isn't allowed on school premises, per MassLive.
  • 'Mortality': Hachiyanagi's Mount Holyoke page says she moved from Japan to the US as a high school student, and has since created installation/handmade paper works looking at "the correspondence between visual and textual languages, which is established upon the absurd conflicts among urges, necessities, and mortality."
  • Inappropriate: Student reviews of Hachiyanagi's class are generally positive, but one says that "sometimes she makes statements in class which don't seem appropriate."
  • The arrest: Police arrested her at about 7pm Christmas Day and say she had the victim's glasses, cellphone, and keys on her, per the Gazette. She was hit with multiple charges including armed assault with attempt to murder a person over the age of 60. She is being detained without bail.
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