Teen faces assault charge

Flat-head screwdriver alledgedly used

HANCOCK — A 17-year-old Hancock boy is facing a felony first-degree assault charge, after he allegedly slashed and stabbed at a 16-year-old boy during a fight outside a Shady Lane residence on Saturday.

According to a statement released Monday by Hancock Police Chief Andrew Wood, Justin Bell, 17, was arrested in Francestown on Saturday shortly after the incident was reported to Hancock police.

At 12:01 p.m., Wood wrote, a 16-year-old boy and his father came to the Hancock Police Department to report an assault. The victim said that approximately 15 minutes earlier, he had been at his home on Shady Lane when he heard yelling and screaming outside of the house. When he went outside, the boy said, he saw his brother in an argument with a group of young people. The boy said Bell pushed him and a fight started.

“During the physical altercation the suspect pulled out a flat tipped screwdriver and began to slash and stab at the victim,” Wood wrote. “The victim was able to escape, sustaining injuries to his torso and arm.”

According to Wood, Bell and the others involved fled from the residence and Bell was arrested later in the day in Francestown.

Hancock Rescue and Peterborough ambulance were called to the police station and the 16-year-old was taken to Monadnock Community Hospital for treatment of injuries. He was released later in the day.

Bell was initially held on $25,000 cash bail. On Monday, he was arraigned in the 8th Circuit Court, Jaffrey, where bail was set at $20,000 cash and a probable cause hearing was scheduled for April 24.

According to a weekly listing of arrests provided by N.H. State Police Troop B from Bedford, state police arrested a Justin Bell of Hancock at 12:42 p.m. on Saturday on charges of felony assault and possession of a controlled drug. The state police report listed Bell’s age as 18. On Monday, Sgt. Paul Hunt of Troop B said he was unable to provide any additional information on the arrest.

Dave Anderson can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 233 or danderson@ledgertranscript.com. He’s on Twitter at @DaveAndersonMLT.

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