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Special Prosecutor Handling Case of Assault of Del. Toscano's Wife

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Delegate David Toscano with his family, photo courtesy of Facebook.com Delegate David Toscano with his family, photo courtesy of Facebook.com

There are many unanswered questions about the alleged attack on Delegate David Toscano's wife, Nancy Tramontin. A special prosecutor will handle the case against the woman accused of attacking Tramontin, but it's still not clear what prompted the incident.

Charlottesville's police chief, Tim Longo, says his department is still looking into it. Police say 35-year-old Claire Ogilvie broke into the Toscanos’ home Monday night and attacked Tramontin. One arrest warrant alludes to Ogilvie using a knife or other sharp object as a weapon.

Court records also show the suspect lives on Park Street, not fair from the Toscanos’ house on Evergreen Avenue.

Charlottesville Commonwealth's Attorney Dave Chapman has recused himself from the case, saying he is a friend and political supporter of Toscano so it's not appropriate for his office to be involved.

Fluvanna County Commonwealth Attorney Jeff Haislip has taken over as special prosecutor.

Longo says Tramontin is lucky the injuries she sustained weren't worse.

"Anytime somebody comes into your home and perpetrates a crime of violence it’s a blessing to survive that,” he said.

But police believe this wasn't a random act, and there is not threat to the public.

“For those in that community, on that street, we have no reason to believe that this issue is a broader public safety issue but a very serious, egregious, and unfortunate issue that affected the lives of this family,” Longo said.

Police are not saying much more about the connections between Ogilvie and the Toscanos.

"I'm not in a position to comment on what preceded the attack, what the nature of the relationship was, the time period that Delegate Toscano referred to,” Longo said.

Ogilvie is still being held without bond at the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail. Her next court date is set for March 27.

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