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Concord police: Man attacked while trying to break up fight at gas station

  • Concord police officers question Tori Florent -Alfonso shortly before arresting her at the Cumberland Farms gas station on North Main Street in Concord; Wednesday; February 27, 2013. A lunchtime argument between Florent-Alfonso and Joshua Lessard escalated and involved several bystanders before the police were called.<br/><br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

    Concord police officers question Tori Florent -Alfonso shortly before arresting her at the Cumberland Farms gas station on North Main Street in Concord; Wednesday; February 27, 2013. A lunchtime argument between Florent-Alfonso and Joshua Lessard escalated and involved several bystanders before the police were called.

    (ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

  • Tori Florent-Afonso, 20, of Manchester (left) and Joshua Lessard, 20, of Concord.

    Tori Florent-Afonso, 20, of Manchester (left) and Joshua Lessard, 20, of Concord.

  • Concord police officers question Tori Florent -Alfonso shortly before arresting her at the Cumberland Farms gas station on North Main Street in Concord; Wednesday; February 27, 2013. A lunchtime argument between Florent-Alfonso and Joshua Lessard escalated and involved several bystanders before the police were called.<br/><br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)
  • Tori Florent-Afonso, 20, of Manchester (left) and Joshua Lessard, 20, of Concord.

A Manchester man who tried to break up a fight at a Concord gas station yesterday found himself caught in the crossfire when the bickering pair turned on him, the police said.

The couple – 20-year-old Joshua Lessard of Concord and 20-year-old Tori Florent-Afonso of Manchester – were both arrested following the 12:30 p.m. fight at the Cumberland Farms on North State Street, the police said.

Concord police Lt. Timothy O’Malley said the incident started when Florent-Afonso pulled into the parking lot and approached Lessard, who was already there. The two began fighting and the incident turned physical when the woman kicked Lessard and he began pushing her, according to the police.

O’Malley said several bystanders became involved and one, a 37-year-old man from Manchester whose name has not been released, tried to separate the couple. He said Florent-Afonso then began attacking the man as Lessard threatened to kill both him and his family.

“They basically both turn on this guy as he’s trying to break it up,” O’Malley said.

He said the victim was not seriously injured.

O’Malley said about six police officers responded to the incident, flooding the parking lot with cruisers, when a caller initially reported the fight involved up to seven people.

The woman is charged with two counts of simple assault and is due in court for an arraignment April 1. Lessard has been charged with assault and criminal threatening and is due in court April 8.

Both were released on $4,000 personal recognizance bail.

(Tricia L. Nadolny can be reached at 369-3306 or
tnadolny@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @tricia_nadolny.)

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