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Mason man charged with felony assault

MASON — A Mason man charged with felony-level second-degree assault and criminal threatening has been released following an adjustment of his bail at an arraignment Tuesday.

Police arrested David Janik, 49, of Mason at his home on Feb. 16, following allegations that he assaulted, threatened and falsely imprisoned his girlfriend in the early hours of that morning.

The altercation between Janik and the woman allegedly began shortly after midnight on Feb. 16, according to an affidavit filed at the 9th District Court in Milford in support of Janik’s arrest.

The affidavit, signed by Sgt. Kevin Maxwell of the Mason Police Department, states that Janik’s girlfriend, who was staying the night at his residence in Mason, reported that around 12:30 a.m. she was awoken by Janik. He allegedly began screaming at her, upset by texts he had found on her phone. The two began to argue, and Janik allegedly grabbed her by her wrists and took her cellular phone from her ,damaging it, according to court documents.

While the two fought over the phone, Janik allegedly wrapped his arm around the woman’s neck and squeezed, according to court documents. He then let go and when she attempted to leave Janik allegedly picked up a .32 caliber pistol that was on the coffee table and pointed it at his girlfriend.

The affidavit reports that the woman told police she believed she was the last one to handle the weapon, and thought that it was unloaded but did not know for sure.

When she once again attempted to leave the residence, Janik allegedly put her in a choke hold, before throwing her against a wall, which caused an injury to her knee, according to court documents. He then blocked the doorway to prevent her from leaving, and then ordered her to get in his truck. He allegedly drove to his shop in Brookline, where the woman’s vehicle was parked.

After a verbal argument, Janik returned the woman’s cell phone and allowed her to exit the truck and get into her vehicle, according to court documents. Janik allegedly later called the woman and told her if she called the police he would shoot first her horse and then himself.

The woman drove herself to Southern New Hampshire Regional Medical Center in Nashua, after calling her parents to notify them that Janik had threatened and assaulted her. Police were contacted and a N.H. State Trooper responded to the hospital to take the woman’s statement.

Police arrested Janik that morning, shortly before 2 a.m., charging him with domestic violence-related 2nd degree assault and criminal threatening, both felony charges, as well as false imprisonment and simple assault, both misdemeanors.

Janik refused to give a statement to police, and was transported to the Valley Street Jail in Manchester in lieu of $50,000 cash bail. During his arraignment Tuesday, his bail conditions were adjusted to $50,000 cash or bond. Janik was released on a corporate bond following his arraignment.

As part of his bail conditions, Janik must remain 100 yards away from the alleged victim, and can not contact her by mail, telephone or otherwise. He must also refrain from any use of alcohol or controlled substance.

Janik is scheduled to appear at the Milford District Court on March 4 for a probable cause hearing.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter at @AshleySaari.

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