Police Say NH Courthouse Attack Continued After Victim Ran Inside for Restraining Order
David D. Johnson, of Manchester, left, and his brother Jason D. Johnson, of Allenstown.
MERRIMACK — Two brothers turned themselves in to police after warrants were issued for their arrest after they allegedly chased down and assaulted another man in a courthouse parking lot last month.
Officers went to the Merrimack district court parking lot about noon Tuesday, Oct. 24, for a reported fistfight in the parking lot. Two men, brothers, David D. Johnson, 31, of 599 Harvard St., No. 1, Manchester, and Jason D. Johnson, 26, of 8 Monroe Ave., Allenstown, were later identified as assailants.
Police Sgt. Michael Marcotte told NH1 News on Monday that the victim had gone to court for an unrelated matter.
"He came out of the court and walked to his car. All of a sudden he realized he was being chased by these two guys," Marcotte said. "They have a past history. The assailants were familiar with the victim, and he was with them. They found out he was at court that day and went there."
Marcotte said, the victim heard "footsteps" and ran back inside the court to get a restraining order against the brothers.
The restraining order was granted, Marcotte said and the man thought he would be safe to leave.
"He figures they are gone and he walks back to his car." Marcotte said, when the victim saw David Johnson near his car, waiting for him. Another foot chase started.
Marcotte said the two pursued the victim from different directions, cornering him. David Johnson caught the victim, tackled him and began punching and kicking him, Marcotte said.
Court officers tried to break up the altercation.
Marcotte said David Johnson fled on foot, eventually reaching his own vehicle and left his brother Jason at the scene, where he was detained by court officers.
The victim refused medical attention. Marcotte said the victim told police that Jason was not the one who assaulted him, and, since police did not themselves witness any assault, they needed to sort out details before charges were filed.
Warrants for the brothers were prepared, and the pair turned themselves in Nov. 10.
David Johnson is facing three charges of simple assault, two counts of disorderly conduct, stalking and conspiracy to commit stalking. He was released on $5,000 personal recognizance bail.
Jason Johnson was charged with criminal liability for the conduct of another, stalking and conspiracy to commit stalking. He was released on $3,000 personal recognizance bail.
Both men are scheduled to appear in Merrimack district court Dec. 19.