Tilton man faced with knife threat charge says he feared for his safety

FRANKLIN — A Tilton man was held on $5,000 cash-only bail after appearing yesterday in the 6th circuit Court, Franklin Division after allegedly threatening a Laconia man with a knife on Varney Court Friday night.
Police affidavits said two officers went to Orange Court to meet with two of the people who initially made the complaint. The duty sergeant met the two officers at 21 Varney Court.
The supervisor said he could see one officer looking in a window and report to the other officer that he could see Samly Sysouphanh, 50, of 12 White Rock Road holding a knife. He is charged with one count of criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon.
The sergeant took custody of Sysouphanh, who told him he was threatening people with the knife because he thought they were going to beat him up.
At the station, Sysouphanh waived his rights and agreed to speak with police. Affidavits said he told them he was about nine feet away from the four people he allegedly threatened and had told them to leave. He said he would slice them if they didn't.
When one officer recovered the knife from the home and gave it to the supervisor, he said Sysouphanh identified it as his. The knife was about 10 inches long and police said it was normally used in a kitchen.