A Concord woman has been accused of pulling a knife and threatening to kill two people.

Lisa Rote, 53, pleaded not guilty in Essex Superior Court Monday to a felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and was released on conditions by Judge Michael J. Harris.

According to an affidavit filed by Essex County Sheriff Trevor Colby, Potwin threatened Mary Farias, 56, and Maggie Potwin, 54, with a knife at 882 Oregon Road in Concord on July 25 at 12:30 p.m.

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“Farias advised that Rote arrived at the property in her Toyota truck and began to yell and threaten them and that Rote pulled a large knife, possibly a machete, on Farias and threatened to use it,” wrote Sheriff Colby in his report.

Witness Dean Hefferman, 36, told police he heard Rote say that she was “going to kick Farias and Potwin’s ass,” according to the report. “Heffernan also clearly heard Rote state ‘You’re dead’ to Farias and Potwin…Farias stated Rote was ‘saying she was going to kill me and cut me all up,’” wrote Colby.

Police said Rote has been involved in an ongoing dispute with Maggie Potwin who is currently married to Rote’s ex-husband and that Rote and Potwin live about a half mile apart on Oregon Road. Farias is Potwin’s sister and often accompanies Potwin, said police.

Rote was released on the conditions that she not contact, abuse or harass or go within 300 feet of Potwin and comply with a 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew at her home.

Rote is also facing a prior charge of animal cruelty for allegedly killing a dog with a sledgehammer and a knife in 2018. Rote has pleaded not guilty to the charge and has told police she did it because she didn’t want to see the dog suffer anymore but didn’t have the have the money to pay a veterinarian to have the dog put down.

If convicted of the assault charge Potwin faces a possible sentence of up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.


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