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Police: Woman stabbed “multiple times” in Valatie building entrance


LIVINGSTON–More details emerged about the fatal stabbing of 37-year-old Kinderhook resident Christina Agen Thursday, December 10 and her estranged husband, David T. Agen, who has been charged with her murder. Police now say she was stabbed “multiple times” by her husband in the vestibule of the Valatie Medical Arts building.

At a press briefing Friday afternoon, December 11 in the parking lot of the State Police Livingston Barracks, Lt. Nicholas A. Banbury confirmed that police had responded to a reported assault at the building at approximately 1:50 p.m. Thursday and discovered that Ms. Agen had been fatally stabbed. Their investigation led them to seek Mr. Agen, 42, who had fled after the attack. He was arrested about an hour later on Route 4 in East Greenbush while operating what police said was his personal vehicle.

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During a press conference, Lt. Nicholas Banbury speaks from a podium set up in the parking lot at the State Police barracks in Livingston. Photo by Lance Wheeler

A press release from State Police issued Friday said that Mr. Agen, a Valatie resident, was taken to Albany Medical Center after he was arrested, because officers believed he may have ingested “an unknown type and quantity of a prescription medication prior to… being stopped.” Lt. Banbury said a medication bottle was found in the vehicle.

Responding to press questions, the lieutenant also said that Mr. Agen had “actively resisted” being taken into custody, which he said was the reason the left side of Mr. Agen’s faces appeared bruised and scraped in the booking procedure photo supplied by police.

Though he said that Ms. Agen had been stabbed multiple times, Lt. Banbury declined to provide additional information about her wounds or the weapon allegedly used. He said those details and any statements Mr. Agen might have made are part of the ongoing investigation.

The Agens had four children–triplets, 8, and a 16-year-old. Mr. Agen has a child by a previous marriage. Lt. Banbury said that at the time of the stabbing there was an order of protection against Mr. Agen granted to the four children he had with Ms. Agen, but there was no order of protection affecting Ms. Agen. But there were incidents of domestic violence involving the family, with at least some of them happening “earlier this year.”

The children are now with family members.

Christina Agen was a regular patient at the Valatie Medical Arts building. None of her children were with her at the time she was stabbed to death.

Mr. Agen has been charged with second degree murder, a class A-1 felony. He was arraigned in Livingston Court at  2:30 a.m. Friday morning and sent to the Columbia County Jail without bail.

Asked to characterize the murder, Lt. Banbury said, “It’s a tragic event.”

Friday, counselors were at the Ichabod Crane School District, where the Agen children are enrolled. Counselors from the Columbia-Greene Crisis Team are available for members of the public affected by this event by calling 518 943-5555. The services are free of charge.

The State Police have worked jointly with the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office and were assisted by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

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