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Feb 15, 2016 3:57 PM

Residents blame drugs, 'not surprised' after Northfield man brutally beaten over weekend

NORTHFIELD - Residents of Tilton and Northfield are speaking out after a man was brutally beaten early Saturday morning in Northfield then taken to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center by helicopter.

UPDATE: Tilton man accused of using fists, car door to beat another man in the head in Northfield

22 year-old Hunter Pescinski of Tilton was charged with first-degree assault and possession of a controlled drug.

"No that doesn't surprise me at all around these areas, no. Between Tilton and Franklin? No that doesn't surprise me," Bob DeNeault said.

Those who live in Northfield and Tilton told NH1 News on Monday morning that drugs are a problem in the area.

"I mean with the problem with drugs around here I'm surprised there's not been more of it," George Howe, another Northfield resident said.

Many residents shared their concerns for safety after hearing about the incident for the first time.

"I have pepper spray that I keep beside me at night because I'm afraid," Tilton resident Tammy Raffaelly said. "Working at night I walk home, so what if that were to happen to me? You know what I'm saying? That's crazy."

Northfield Police said the assault took place in a dooryard of a Northfield home and that Pescinski allegedly beat the man and left him with serious head injuries.

Pescinski's first-degree assault charge - a class A Felony - could be upgraded if the victim's condition worsens.

"Like always you always gotta look around and make sure you keep yourself covered," DeNeault said.

"We just have to keep aware of our surroundings and make sure we know who we're around and who's coming up behind us or around us and just keep on our toes," Howe stated.

The Attorney General's office said the victim was still was alive as of Sunday night.

They have not yet released his identity.

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