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Group home patient in Salem assaults staff member

On the afternoon of Monday, April 8, a patient at the Center for Life Management, a group home in Salem, New Hampshire, got into an altercation with a staff member that led to his arrest.

According to regional news source the Union Leader, local law enforcement officials responded to a call at approximately 4 p.m. from a woman who said she had been attacked by 50-year-old James Lavoie. The victim told the police that Lavoie yelled at her and put her in a headlock while she was in the office of the group residence at 8 Howard St. When she tried to escape, the suspect allegedly held her back by her hair, but a coworker intervened and helped free the victim from Lavoie's grasp. Both employees fled to a bathroom and locked themselves inside.

When law enforcement officials couldn't find Lavoie in the home, they used a K-9 team to track him and eventually located the suspect at a nearby VFW hall on North Broadway where he was armed with a buck knife. The officers said that Lavoie would not drop his weapon and was threatening to kill himself and someone else, but eventually they were able to distract him, remove the weapon from his hand and handcuff him.

Lavoie faces several charges including disorderly conduct, second-degree assault, reckless conduct, placing another in danger and criminal threatening, reports the source.

If you have been accused of a crime in the Granite State, you may want to consider consulting an experienced New Hampshire lawyer. These knowledgeable professionals can review your case and defend you in court, ensuring that you have a fair trial and can move forward with your life as quickly as possible.

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