Man wounded during flight from choking incident in Belmont
By THOMAS P. CALDWELL, LACONIA DAILY SUN
BELMONT — A 21-year-old Gilford man is facing a Class B felony charge of second-degree assault and a Class A misdemeanor assault charge after allegedly choking a woman and fleeing when an armed neighbor intervened.
Police say the incident began shortly before 6 a.m. Friday when Izaiah J. Conway allegedly struck a Belmont woman several times with a baton at her residence on Cycle Lane, then choked her until she started to lose consciousness.
A male neighbor, who police have not identified, later told police he heard the woman yelling during the assault, and he went to her door and started pounding on it. His intervention caused Conway to break off the alleged assault and run to the door, kicking it outward with enough force to shatter it, according to police. The neighbor’s gun discharged, striking Conway in the leg, and Conway fled in a vehicle.
The woman called police who interviewed the witnesses and alerted area hospitals to be on the lookout for an adult male seeking medical attention for a gunshot wound to the leg. They also contacted his family and asked them to try to locate him to find out whether he was, in fact, injured.
Police recovered the handgun and a single shell casing. Based on the interviews and the physical evidence, police issued an arrest warrant for Conway.
The woman was evaluated for her injuries at a local hospital, and then released, police say.
At 5:34 p.m. Friday, members of the Gilford Police Department located Conway in that town and made the arrest, with Gilford medical personnel evaluating what was described as a grazing flesh wound to the leg. Gilford turned Conway over to Belmont police for booking.
Conway, who is being held in lieu of $15,000 bail, is scheduled to be arraigned at 1 p.m. today in Belknap County Superior Court.
Conway had a prior felony drug conviction in December 2015 and in 2016 was charged by Tilton police with being a felon in possession of loaded handgun. In December 2017, Laconia police arrested him on charges of breach of bail, domestic violence and criminal mischief.
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