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Manchester fights: Knife, fists, hair-pulling and six arrests

New Hampshire Union Leader

February 23. 2018 9:03AM
Arrested on riot charges Wednesday in Manchester were top, from left, Enrique Ayala, Felicia Johonnett and Norman Johonnett and bottom , from left, Roger Johonnett, Katelyn Riley and Joseph Ticas. (COURTESY)

MANCHESTER — Three middle-aged women were injured in the West Side brawls on Wednesday afternoon that resulted in the arrests of six people on felony riot charges, according to police.

One of the three — Crystal Tessier, 40, of 11 Third St. — was the mother of at least one of the six people who were arrested, according to police reports. Another, Nancy Abbott, 55, told police she was punched in the face by one of the six and lost consciousness.

The large-scale fights took place in front of 130 Walker St., a 2 1/2-story home within sight of Sweeney Park in the Squog neighborhood of Manchester.

Police said they were twice called to the area. About 3 p.m., an unnamed 19-year-old man was stabbed in the upper back and left arm, and a 28-year-old man suffered a head injury. Both men were treated at local hospitals and sent home.

The fracas prompted neighbors to post messages on social media that mentioned the use of weapons such as pipes and wrenches.

About three hours after the initial fight, Felicia Johonnett, 19, returned to the address with Tessier, her mother, to look for her brother’s keys, according to police reports that rely on Johonnett’s version of events. Roger Johonnett had been injured in the earlier fight, she told police.

Two unknown women and two men came out of the residence and started pushing Johonnett and Tessier, she told police. The two left and returned to Tessier’s home.

Felicia Johonnett told her friends and relatives about the pushing incident, and six people went to Walker Street.

Police have charged six people with riot: Felicia Johonnett; Roger Johonnett, 19; Norman Johonnett, 22; Joseph Ticas, 27; and Enrique Ayala, 18, all of Manchester, and Katelyn Riley, 20, of Bedford.

When they arrived at 130 Walker St, people were waiting outside.

“Felicia advised that ... Amanda Leard was standing in the driveway with a snow scraper stating she would ‘hit them’ and ‘kill them’ while pointing the scraper at them as they were approaching the property,” the report reads.

Abbott told police that Felicia Johonnett allegedly punched her in the face and she lost consciousness. Carol Leblanc, 52, said Felicia allegedly grabbed her hair.

Norman Johonnett was held on a violation of bail conditions; he is awaiting trial on a charge of assaulting his father.

The other five were released on $1,000 cash/surety bail and are scheduled to appear in Hillsborough County Superior Court-North on March 8.

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