Woman charged with stabbing boyfriend in buttocks

Posted: Thursday, November 01, 2001

FAIRBANKS -- A 41-year-old woman was charged Monday night with stabbing her live-in boyfriend in the buttocks with two small paring knives.

Fairbanks police detectives said the 2-inch blades were buried up to the hilt in the man's posterior.

''It looked extremely painful,'' said Detective Aaron Ring. ''It's in the upper buttocks, a pretty painful spot.''

Police said Gail Bergman and Warren Frendell had been arguing when Frendell got up off the couch and went into the kitchen to get something to eat. Frendell was naked at the time, Ring said. Both had been drinking prior to the argument, he said.

''He said he got up and was walking through the kitchen and she stabbed him in the buttocks,'' Ring said. ''He said he saw her pick up the knives and said, 'Yeah, she's picked them up all the time, she's just never put them in (his posterior).'''

Bergman told police a different story. She claimed Frendell showed up at their doorstep, naked, with the two knives in his backside.

''I told her that they looked like her knives. She said, 'I've been asking him where those knives have been for the last three weeks,''' Ring said, quoting Bergman. ''Why he is walking around town with knives sticking out of his butt, who knows? It doesn't seem very credible, especially when they're her knives.''

Bergman then ''violated the first rule of first aid'' and pulled the knives out, Ring said.

Detective Randy Coffey said Frendell went to a neighbor's home and called 911, then walked back to his house to wait for an ambulance. Frendell received stitches for his wounds and was released from Fairbanks Memorial Hospital on Monday night, Coffey said.

Bergman was charged with second-degree assault.

She is being held at Fairbanks Correctional Center on $10,000 bail.

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