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Police: Woman assaults neighbor during Thanksgiving dinner

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — One Albuquerque woman didn’t respond with thanks when a neighbor offered her a plate of Thanksgiving food Thursday.

Janet Garcia, 56, allegedly thrust a homemade spear made from a tree branch and a kitchen knife through a neighbor’s window, almost stabbing his 10-year-old son, after the neighbor offered her some food for Thanksgiving because she was celebrating the holiday alone, according to a criminal complaint filed in court.

When the neighbor offered the food, Janet Garcia was hostile and asked him to move out of the duplex at 229 Grove St. N.E., according to the complaint. The neighbor was in his son’s room helping him rearrange furniture when Janet Garcia thrust the makeshift spear twice through the glass window, according to the complaint. The neighbor went to the front door to confront her, where she pushed the spear through the screen door, almost striking him, before returning to her home according to the complaint.

Janet Garcia admitted to police that she had a makeshift spear in her apartment according to the complaint, and faces charges of child abuse and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. She was booked into jail on $50,000 bail.