Police say alcohol + argument = assault

BELMONT — A local man, who allegedly punched his girlfriend in the face and attacked her cousin when he came to her defense on Tuesday night, was arrested two days later on charges of first degree assault, a class A felony, and criminal threatening, a class B felony.
Sean Baker, 26, was held in the Belknap County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail following his arraignment in 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division yesterday. He scheduled to appear in court for a probable cause hearing on May 20.
According to the court-filed affidavit of Officer Evan Boulanger, police were called to Lakes Region General Hospital on Wednesday where Brian Collins was being treated for a head wound. Collins told Boulanger that the night before he was at the home of Baker, his cousin's boyfriend, at 88 Fox Hill Road, where there was a cook out on the deck. Collins said that Baker had been drinking "all day and into the evening" and was treating his female cousin rudely.
Collins said that Baker hit his cousin and when he intervened Baker pinned him in a corner against the railing around the deck while brandishing a knife in his right hand, which he raised to to shoulder height and pointed downward. He said that he knocked the knife from Baker's hand, but Baker picked up a painting tool and hit him in the head with the sharp side of it. Five staples were required to stanch the bleeding, Collins told police.
In a statement to local media, Lieutenant Richard Mann said that on Thursday, when officers went to Baker's home with a search warrant and arrest warrant, they saw him fleeing through a second floor window and apprehended him not far away. Mann said the circumstances leading to the incident remain under investigation, but the information gathered so far suggests that an argument, fueled by alcohol, escalated into "a physical affray."