Father, son face charges after assault with bat

  • Peter Deiana, 45, of Jaffrey
  • Tyler Deiana, 17, of Jaffrey

JAFFREY — A 17-year-old Jaffrey resident was charged with felony-level second-degree assault after allegedly striking another man’s left arm and back with a baseball bat on the Rails to Trails on April 24.

Police arrested Tyler Deiana on Wednesday at his residence on Trotting Park Road on a warrant charging him with second-degree assault. The victim, who was treated at Monandock Community Hospital in Peterborough, allegedly sustained significant bruising, swelling and red marks to areas of his body where he was hit by the bat, according to 8th Circuit Court, Jaffrey, documents.

Deiana’s father, Peter Deiana, 45, of Jaffrey, was also arrested Wednesday on a warrant charging him with criminal liability for conduct of another, a felony-level charge. According to police, Peter Deiana accompanied his son on the Rails to Trails, where the alleged incident occurred nearly two weeks ago.

Jaffrey Police Chief Bill Oswalt said Thursday that police have not recovered the baseball bat that Deiana allegedly used to assault a man on the Rails to Trails in the vicinity of Children’s Woods — a plot of land owned by the town of Jaffrey.

The victim told police he did not know where Deiana stashed the bat after the incident. But police “believe it was thrown in the river that runs along the Rails to Trails,” according to an affidavit for Deiana’s arrest signed by Officer Thomas Bishop.

Oswalt would not comment on the possible motive.

Bishop wrote in his affidavit that he is currently investigating a burglary at the Deianas’ residence in which the alleged victim struck on the Rails to Trails is a possible suspect. Oswalt said Thursday, “I can confirm that there was a burglary and that it is under investigation.”

Deiana and his father were arraigned on the felony-level charges at the 8th Circuit Court Thursday morning.

The two suspects had been held in lieu of $5,000 cash bail at the Cheshire County House of Corrections overnight following their arrests. But at Thursday’s arraignment, Judge L. Phillips Runyon III amended bail for each of them to $1,000 cash bail and $4,000 personal recognizance.

Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 228 or adandrea@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter at @alyssadandrea.

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