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Woman stunned to see alleged attacker running for mayor in Highland Park

Posted at 6:11 PM, May 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-24 18:11:36-04

HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. (WXYZ) — "This is insane," thought Alicia Jones when she said someone sent her the list of people running for mayor in Highland Park and the name "Elene Robinson" was on it.

Robinson, 54, is accused of trying to stab Jones in December during an event at a church in Highland Park.

Jones said Robinson became angry when she wasn't selected for a position with the NAACP chapter that is being formed in the city.

Robinson allegedly grabbed a large 7 inch knife and lunged at Jones while saying "B****, I'll kill you" before slapping her.

Robinson declined to do an interview, but she did tell 7 Action News that the allegations against her are false. When it comes to an old federal case on her criminal record, Robinson said it was a "white collar crime" and that "she's already paid her debt to society."

Robinson is currently charged with Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Felonious assault) and Assault and Battery

"Highland Park deserves better than for a criminal, someone with a known criminal background, a history, and someone who is being prosecuted as we speak, to think that they would merit running for public office in the city of Highland Park," Jones told 7 Action News.

Robinson goes on trial in June.