A woman stabbed in the stomach in China earlier this month was released from the hospital Friday as two women charged with aggravated attempted murder in the case appeared in Augusta District Court via video link from Kennebec County jail.

Carissa Butkewicz, 23, and Tiffany Glidden, 20, of Waterville, allegedly lured Kathryn Hopkins, 24, to Fire Road 17 in China Nov. 4 by texting Hopkins and asking her to meet them there, according to a state police affidavit filed Friday in both Kennebec County Superior Court and Augusta District Court.

When Hopkins arrived, Butkewicz got into the passenger seat of Hopkins’ car while Glidden, armed with a baseball bat, hid behind a tree and watched, said the affidavit signed by state police Trooper Elisha Fowlie.

Butkewicz allegedly stabbed Hopkins in the stomach with a kitchen knife. Butkewicz got out of the car and Glidden emerged from behind the tree and started smashing the car windshield.

Glidden told police that when she asked Butkewicz where the knife was, Butkewicz replied that it was in Hopkins’ stomach.

Hopkins, 24, who had sustained life-threatening injuries, drove about half-mile to a house, where a resident called 911 and an ambulance arrived to take her to MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta, where she told staff and police that Butkewicz stabbed her, according to the affidavit. She was released from the hospital Friday, a spokesman said.

Glidden later told a detective that she and Butkewicz planned the stabbing, the police affidavit said.

Glidden told police that after Butkewicz got inside Hopkins’ vehicle on Fire Road 17, which is off Neck Road, she heard Hopkins scream “Carissa” loudly. Butkewicz then got out of the vehicle and Hopkins began to back out onto Neck Road.

“Tiffany said she ran out from behind the tree and began to smash the windshield of Kathryn’s vehicle as she was attempting to leave,” the affidavit says. “Tiffany asked Carissa where the knife was and Carissa replied that was in her stomach.”

At that point, around 7 p.m., Butkewicz and Glidden ran to a home to ask a woman who had earlier driven the pair from Waterville to China to take them back to Waterville. That woman, Karen Willette, drove them to the End Zone, a sports pub and restaurant at the corner of Elm Street and Western Avenue in Waterville.

Willette told police that Butkewicz told her, “I just hurt someone really… bad,” according to the affidavit.

Police sought Butkewicz and Glidden for questioning and Glidden turned herself in at the Waterville Police Department Nov. 5, the day after the stabbing.

In addition to being charged Thursday with aggravated attempted murder, both Butkewicz and Glidden were charged Friday with the additional count of elevated aggravated assault.

District Court Judge Charles Dow set bail at $50,000 cash for each woman with conditions that prohibit them from contact with Hopkins, as well as from each other.

Fowlie said when she inspected Hopkins’ vehicle, which was parked in the road, that night she found “a fixed blade kitchen knife with an approximate 8-inch blade that appeared to be covered in blood” on the front passenger seat.

Police learned that Butkewicz and Glidden had been staying at a home on nearby Neck Road and both were wanted on warrants.

Kennebec County District Attorney Maeghan Maloney said Friday that Hopkins, Butkewicz and Glidden know each other, but she could not discuss motive because the case is open and hasn’t yet gone to trial.

For the state to proceed on a felony case, a grand jury would have to decide if there is enough evidence to go to trial, according to Maloney. “However, the grand jury is not a public process so dates aren’t set in court,” she said.

A status conference for the women has been set for Jan. 13 in Kennebec County Superior Court, she said.

In court Friday, attorneys representing Butkewicz and Glidden as lawyers of the day agreed they would not argue bail until the court has appointed attorneys in the case. Attorney Stephen Bourget represented Butkewicz, who was also being held on a charge of violating probation, Bourget told Dow. Glidden was represented by attorney Lisa Whittier.

The prosecutor was Assistant District Attorney Carie James.

Staff writer Betty Adams contributed to this report.

Amy Calder — 861-9247

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Twitter: @AmyCalder17


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