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Epping supermarket worker arrested after brutal break room attack on female coworker
Samuel Woods, 20, of 153 Ash Swamp Road in Newmarket, was arrested Wednesday after police were called to the grocery store to investigate a report that a 17-year-old female employee had been choked and punched repeatedly in the face until she became unconscious.
The attack happened shortly after 5 p.m. while the teenager was in the break room on the second floor in the rear of the building, which is monitored by surveillance cameras.
According to the affidavit, the video shows the teenage worker sitting at a table eating while facing the hallway. At some point, Woods is seen entering the room and running toward the female with his "hands open in a choking fashion."
He punched her "many times," police said. The video also shows the two rolling around the room.
After the attack, Woods went into a bathroom and then returned to the break room before exiting through the door, police said.
The teenage victim, whose face was red and swollen, recalled little about the attack other than seeing a man running into the room and choking her. She told police that she had "blacked out."
"Woods told Officer Swift that he may have had small talk (with the female) beforehand, but that she was polite and he had no reason to attack her," the affidavit said.
He also explained that he has "had issues with women since he was young and has acted out violently before by attacking a teacher. He said he is under the care of a psychologist and is prescribed medication," the affidavit said.
Woods was arraigned Thursday in the Brentwood Circuit Court on charges of second-degree assault, simple assault and reckless conduct. He was ordered held at the Rockingham County jail on $100,000 cash bail until he can be admitted to the state hospital for psychiatric treatment.
Workers at the Epping Market Basket referred all questions to a company spokesman who could not be reached for comment.
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