Laconia man charged with criminal assault with a knife

LACONIA – A local man is charged with threatening with a steak knife after a verbal altercation on Winter Street Saturday at 6 p.m.

Phillip Dupont Jr., 34, of 135 Pleasant Street St. is charged with one count of felony-level criminal threatening with a knife and is free on $10,000 personal recognizance bail.

When officers arrived on the scene they saw Dupont standing outside of 23 Winter St. — the home of one of his relatives. Affidavits said he had blood on his face and was drunk. When they asked him what happened he said he fell down the stairs.

His relative said he thought there was some kind of argument outside his apartment but said he didn't know much about it.

According to the victim (an adult male) and a witness, Dupont Jr. came out of Winter Street house and began yelling. Two men told him to go back inside.

The men told police that Dupont went back inside and came out with a steak night and allegedly advanced on one of the men moving the knife in the air in a stabbing motion.

He said the alleged victim first pushed Dupont away, but when he approached second time, he punched him in the face.

Police said they interviewed a number of juveniles who also saw the altercation and their stories were consistent with that of the victim and his friend.

While the city prosecutor argued in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division yesterday for $5,000 cash bail, Dupont's attorney said his client would agree to abstain from alcohol and say away from Winter Street if he could to be freed on personal recognizance bail

Judge Jim Carroll ordered $10,000 personal recognizance bail with the above conditions.