A 32-year-old man was recently arrested after an altercation that occurred between him and a dog owner in a nearby state. Allegedly, the suspect attacked and seriously injured a dog owner after the dog owner taunted him and accused him of stepping over his Chihuahua.
According to police, the altercation took place after the alleged attacker stepped over the other man's Chihuahua instead of walking around it. According to witness reports, the dog owner pushed the alleged attacker and taunted him by asking him if he was going to throw the first punch. The man can be seen on video footage punching the dog owner, who then fell backward. The dog owner ultimately hit his head and suffered a serious injury that required hospitalization.
The following day, authorities from a neighboring state apprehended the man, who agreed to be transported back across state lines to where the incident occurred in New York for questioning. However, the man allegedly got out of the police car and tried to escape authorities by hiding out on top of a toll plaza. Authorities climbed up after him and arrested him, and now he must face charges of trespassing and being a fugitive of justice. Whether he will be charged with assault after his extradition back to the state where the incident occurred remains to be seen.
In the event that physical violence erupts from a disagreement, and one individual injures or kills another, it could give rise to New Hampshire criminal proceedings and assault allegations. However, police will consider evidence such as eyewitness accounts and other information to determine who may be at fault.
For example, if the alleged victim of an attack taunted his attacker and incited the violent reaction, police may deem that the attacker responded accordingly. Even if an attacker was justified in carrying out the violence, though, it is important that he or she cooperate with authorities and not resist any arrest so as to avoid the threat of additional criminal charges.
Source: pix11.com, "Suspect in punching case tried to escape officers by scaling toll plaza: police" Nicole Johnson and Samantha Tata, Jul. 10, 2014