Laconia man charged with choking girlfriend and another woman who came to rescue

LACONIA — A city man is being held on $20,000 cash only bail after allegedly punching and choking his girlfriend during an argument at 1 a.m. yesterday and then punching and choking a friend who came to help her.

Christopher Greenleaf, 27, of Laconia is charged with two felony counts of second-degree assault, two misdemeanor counts of simple assault, and one misdemeanor count of criminal threatening.

Police affidavits obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division said Greenleaf and the first female victim were at home and arguing when she decided to leave for the evening and take their child with her.

When she started to leave Greenleaf allegedly hit her and when she began screaming for help. He then is said to have choked her and told her he would kill her if she didn't shut up.

He allegedly grabbed her by the hair and pulled her into he living room where he hit her with a closed fist. She told police she gave up trying to scream for help and he went to bed.

When one of her friends called her, she told police she asked her to come and get her and the child.

The second woman went into the house to get the victim's baby while the victim installed the car seat and she encountered Greeneleaf. The friend was able to hold him off until the victim was able to get the child in the car.

During the struggle, the second woman said Greenleaf also pushed her to the ground and choked her.

Both women and the child were able to get away, however, and when Greenleaf allegedly showed up at the victim's friend's house, someone called the police.

In court yesterday, Greenleaf's application for a public defender was rejected by the judge because of his income and assets, however for the limited purposes of arraignment Public Defender Howard Clayman said Greenleaf, if released on bail, would live in Gonic with his parents, would continue in his job as a machinist, and would agree to any probation restrictions placed upon him, including staying out of Laconia.