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Teen Accused Of Breaking Into Grandma's House While She Was Asleep, Stabbing And Choking Her

Brandon Foster, 17, allegedly broke into his grandmother's house in Albion in the middle of the night and stabbed her with a knife. 

By Jon Silman

A teen in upstate New York broke into his grandmother's house and stabbed and strangled her, deputies say.

Brandon Foster, 17, from Albion, allegedly broke into the house on Monday morning, possibly looking for money or to settle a previous dispute, according to the Rochester Democrat And Chronicle. According to authorities, Foster has no home and has been staying on the streets or with friends.

"There are some mental-health issues that play into it as well," Orleans County Undersheriff Christopher Bourke said.

Foster allegedly broke in through the rear window while his grandmother, Rachael Spearance, was sleeping in her bed. Police said he stabbed her with a knife and then put her in a chokehold. She fought him, broke away and then confronted him about the alleged attack.

Foster took $23 in cash, a cellphone and then escaped through a window. Spearance was injured in the attack and "bleeding profusely." She drove herself to a nearby hospital and was later transported to another. Deputies said Spearance is in serious but stable condition.


Officers from five different police agencies went on the hunt for Foster. They eventually found him around 6 AM hiding in some bushes behind a Burger King in Albion. He gave up without incident.

Foster has been charged with three felonies — attempted first-degree murder, first-degree burglary and first-degree assault — as well as two misdemeanors: criminal obstruction of breathing and petit larceny.

He's being held on a $50,000 bond, and he'll be in court on July 11, according to the Rochester Democrat And Chronicle.

Bourke said in the past, Spearance may have accused Foster of stealing from her, which could have led to the break-in.

Deputies are still investigating the incident. The name of the teen's lawyer wasn’t immediately available, according to the New York Post.

[Photo: Orlean's County Sheriff's Office]

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