May 10, 2015 9:22 AM

Argument over paint job leads to assault charges in Salem

SALEM - An argument over a paint job late Saturday night led to a physical fight that left one man slashed across the abdomen, according to police.

Police arrested David R. Konze, 38, of Greenland and charged him with burglary, first-degree assault, criminal threatening and falsifying physical evidence.

Police say they responded to a call to a Haverhill Road home for a reported burglary and assault just before 11 p.m. While officers were on their way, they learned the suspect had fled on foot into the woods. Police have not identified the victim.

Police say Konze had entered the home earlier through an unlocked kitchen door where he was confronted by the occupant, a man known to him, and the two began fighting. Police say during the fight, Konze brought out a knife and slashed the victim across the stomach, leaving a 6-inch-long gash. After the fight, they walked out to the driveway, but Konze fled when the officers approached. Noises in the woods nearby led police to the suspect and they ordered Konze to come out. He complied and was taken into custody without incident.

Police say the two men knew each other and were arguing over a painting job the victim had been hired to complete. Konze was being held at the Rockingham County Jail pending arraignment on Monday in the 10th Circuit Court District Division/Salem.


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