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UPDATED: Nashua man accused of choking, assaulting woman

Union Leader Correspondent

October 22. 2013 10:17AM


NASHUA — A city man accused of choking a female roommate while she was in the shower was struck with a Taser gun twice when police arrested him earlier this week.


Johnny Young, 23, of 25½ Amherst St., Apt. 2, is facing numerous charges in connection with the Monday afternoon incident at his residence.


Authorities responded to the apartment for a reported domestic disturbance and discovered Young allegedly on top of his roommate in the shower. Young allegedly refused to get off of the woman, who was identified in court documents as Rebecca Fisher, 22.


Officer Joseph Rousseau repeatedly told Young to remove himself, but the man refused police orders, according to a police affidavit on file at the 9th Circuit Court, Nashua District Division.


“At this time, because Young would not get off of Fisher, Officer (Kevin) Rautenberg used his department issued Taser and conducted a drive stun to his upper back,” says the affidavit, adding police were then able to drag Young out of the bathroom and into a hallway.


However, police deployed a second Taser stun to Young after he allegedly continued resisting arrest, according to court documents.


Following the second Taser deployment, authorities successfully placed Young in handcuffs, says the affidavit.


During questioning, Fisher told police that Young punched her in the face and in the chest while she was in the shower, adding he wrapped both his hands around her neck and started choking her, says court records.


Authorities observed multiple bruises on her neck and one on her left eye. Police say Young also allegedly bit Fisher’s right eyelid during the assault.


A third roommate, Jacob Fitzpatrick, identified Fisher as Young’s girlfriend.


Young has been charged with two counts of domestic violence simple assault, two counts of resisting arrest and one count of domestic violence second-degree assault.


Young was being held on $25,000 cash or surety bail, and was arraigned on Tuesday. He will be back in court for a probable cause hearing on Nov. 4.


If convicted of the felony assault charge, Young could face up to seven years in prison, according to police.

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