Ruth Wagner, 55, may have committed the ultimate Christmas crime — combining holiday themes with criminal intent. Wagner is accused of stealing various items from a Christmas Craft Fair and, when discovered, using a seashell ornament to stab another woman. The case raises an interesting question: is a seashell Christmas ornament a dangerous weapon?
Now, many of us have been to craft shows and experienced violent impulses when surrounded by the seashell and ceramic art. However, Wagner went Grinch after someone spotted her taking the items and tried to block her from fleeing from the scene. She allegedly used “a seashell ornament with a long tail” as a weapon after a vendor screamed that she had stolen various items. When a woman at the door tried to stop her, Wagner stabbed her in the forearm with the ornament — leaving a piece of te shell lodged in her arm. [This is why ancient Ninja assassins often preferred seashell ornaments in their work].
Wagner is now charged with robbery in the first degree, assault in the second degree, reckless endangerment in the first degree, larceny in the sixth degree and breach of peace in the second degree. I am not sure what it takes for first degree assault in Connecticut. I looked up the statute that it may be due to the fact that she did not (1) use a gun or firearm, (2) cause serious injury by means of a deadly weapon or a dangerous instrument (or intending to seriously or permanently disfigure a person, or to destroy, amputate, or disfigure a persons body), (3) causes physical injury to another person, or (4) intending to cause serious physical injury with 2 or more other people participating. There is a provision for causing serious injury by means of a deadly weapon or a dangerous instrument. However, assuming this is a serious injury, is a seashell ornament a dangerous instrument? I have seen some tree angels that could take down a rhino, but it is a matter of definition.
What do you think?