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Middleton man charged in baseball bat assault

A Middleton man was arrested early Sunday, charged in an alleged assault involving a baseball bat.


On Saturday at 7:12 p.m. members of the Middleton and Milton police departments responded to the area of 702 Route 153 for a reported assault. Police observed an assault in progress. The parties were separated, medical attention was provided and an investigation ensued.


As a result of injuries sustained in an assault, a 50-year-old neighbor was transported to Frisbie Memorial Hospital where he was admitted overnight with serious injuries. According to police, the victim was released from the hospital.


As a result of an investigation, Middleton police applied for and were granted an arrest warrant charging John H Roche III, 51, of 702 Route 153, Middleton, with second degree assault for knowingly engaging in the strangulation of another and criminal threatening with a deadly weapon by physical conduct, alleging he placed the victim in fear of imminent bodily injury by holding a cinder block above his head and stating that he was going to kill him.


Roche was arrested without incident Sunday at 2:20 a.m.


Roche was transported to the Strafford County Jail in Dover, New Hampshire for processing. Bail was set at $50,000 cash bail. Mr. Roche will be arraigned in the 7th Circuit Court, Rochester Monday at 11 a.m.


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