Londonderry man charged in aggravated assault
By Susan Smallheer
Staff Writer | April 19,2013
BRATTLEBORO — A 21-year-old Londonderry man pleaded innocent Thursday to charges of aggravated assault on a housemate after he came home Wednesday upset about something his sister had posted on Facebook, according to court records.
Timothy Slade also pleaded innocent to a related charge of simple assault by menacing.
Judge John Wesley released Slade on conditions, including that he not have any contact with Jacob Johnson, 21, the man he allegedly tried to choke, as well as not to harass family members who witnessed the attack.
According to police, Slade grabbed Johnson around the neck and went “nose to nose” with him, and pushed him into a couch and started attacking him.
Johnson told police that Slade kept on telling him he wanted to fight him, but he refused.
Police said they saw scratches and red marks on Johnson’s neck.
According to court records, Slade and Johnson, and other people, including Slade’s sister and young son, all live with Slades’ father in South Londonderry.
Slade had been ordered held without bail by another judge Wednesday afternoon after he was arrested at his family’s home. At least two family members said that Slade was in a rage when he came home Wednesday, upset about a comment posted on Facebook by his sister Kimberly.
But his anger at his sister later turned to Johnson, according to court records. Slade told police that he was upset with Johnson not doing any work and not contributing any money to the expenses of the household.
Windham County Deputy State’s Attorney Ashley Harriman said that Slade was ordered by the judge to stay 300 feet away from Johnson and his vehicle. Slade was given permission to return to the home once in order to retrieve some possessions and his vehicle from the home on Thompsonburg Road. Harriman said that Slade will live somewhere else.
Slade’s father tried to break up the fight, at which point Kimberly Slade called 911 to report a fight.
Terrance Slade told police that he was trying to hold his son down and pull him off Johnson. He told police he didn’t know what the argument was about.
“But I feel that he needs emotional counseling and help,” the father wrote in his affidavit.
The aggravated assault charge carries a potential sentence of 15 years in prison.