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One or more felonies charged in bank strangling incident

The New Hampshire criminal law is generally similar to criminal codes in other states. Criminal assault charges can be felonies or misdemeanors, with incarceration always a risk, depending on the circumstances. An arrest in Salem on July 1 of a woman on several assault charges contained at least one charge that was a felony.

The Salem Police Department reported that they were called to the Bank of America on North Broadway at about 4:15 p.m. concerning an alleged attack by a customer on a bank manager and at least one other bank employee. Police reported that the woman allegedly attacked the manager when she told the assailant that she would not cash a $5,000 check presented by the woman. She allegedly picked up a large metal punch and hit the manager on the head, and then jumped on her and slammed her up against a wall.

Authorities say that she then strangled the manager. The manager reported being strangled so badly that she could not call for help. She reportedly also struck a male employee on the back of the neck and scratched him. She left the premises but was picked up shortly thereafter by police. Apparently, the woman admitted to police that she was one and the same woman from the bank.

In New Hampshire, it is a felony to knowingly engage in strangling another person. Such felonies require proof that the person applied pressure to another person's throat or neck, or the blocking of the person's mouth or nose, causing blocked breathing, impeded blood circulation or a change in voice. Since the victim appears ready to testify that she couldn't talk to call for assistance, that may satisfy the criminal statute. However, it is useful for the defendant's attorney to cross-examine the victim in precise detail about the events because the answers may not add up to strangulation under the victim's specific answers. One ironical twist in this case: the $5,000 cash bail amount is the same as the check she tried to cash. 

Source: Salem, NH, Patch, "Salem Woman Flips Out After Bank Refuses to Cash Check: Cops", Tony Schinella, July 1, 2016

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