Woman charged with attempted murder of former partner, now charged with attacking another

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WHITE PLAINS – A 54-year-old Mount Vernon woman who is already charged with the 2019 attempted murder of a former intimate partner has been charged with assault, menacing and other charges stemming from a second incident earlier this year involving another former intimate partner.

Shaun Rhames was indicted on June 1 on two counts of assault, unlawful imprisonment, criminal possession of a weapon and menacing. She was remanded to the Westchester County Jail with bail set at $25,000 cash, $50,000 bond, or $150.000 partially secured bond.

The latest charges stem from a February 21 incident at Rhames’ home in Mount Vernon involving a former intimate partner who was also a long-time friend. As the 65-year-old victim sat at Rhames’ kitchen table, she came up behind him with two knives in hand, held one knife to his neck and threatened to kill him.

The two struggled and Rhames got on top of the victim and tried to cut off one of his fingers. She also beat him on his head and face with the handle of one of the knives.

The victim sustained head and hand injuries that required stitches.

Rhames then ordered the victim to empty his pickets of his belongings and to disrobe except for a coat and shoes and forced him outside. Rhames herself called the police and was taken into custody.

The 2019 attempted murder with which she is charged also took place in Mount Vernon. Bail in that case was set at $50,000 cash or bond, and Rhames had been released after meeting bail requirements.

“This case is a disturbing reminder that violence in intimate relationships can take many forms and that the victims can be both men and women,” said District Attorney Miriam Rocah. “We are committed to holding Shaun Rhames accountable for her actions in both of these cases and to get justice for her victims.”