Police: Concord man turned violent in argument over sippy cup

  • Ryan Degreenia of Concord —Courtesy

Monitor staff
Published: 2/21/2019 12:50:48 PM

Concord police have charged a city man who they say kneed an intimate partner in the back, attempted to strangle her twice and threatened to kill her after an argument ensued over a child’s sippy cup.

Ryan Degreenia, 33, is charged with two felony counts of second-degree assault. He also faces six counts of domestic violence simple assault and one count of criminal threatening, all misdemeanors. Degreenia waived his arraignment in Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord and is out of jail on personal recognizance.

Police first responded to a city gas station after a witness reported seeing a woman get thrown from a truck on Old Suncook Road. The woman told the witness her first name and said she’d just been assaulted by Degreenia.

The investigation ultimately led officers to the parking lot of an automotive shop – not far from the gas station – where the victim was alone, according to an affidavit prepared by Concord police Officer Jason Garrahan.

“She was crying profusely, she was breathing in rapid short breaths, and her body was trembling,” Garrahan wrote.

The woman reported that she was at Degreenia’s home earlier in the evening when a shouting match ensued over a child’s sippy cup and other baby items. The fight turned physical when Degreenia kneed her buttocks, propelling her forward, she said. He then approached her again from behind – this time placing his arm around her neck so that she couldn’t breathe or scream for help, the affidavit says.

Before attempting to strangle her a second time, Degreenia “stepped on her foot to ‘pin’ her to the floor” and while holding on to her neck whipped her “back and forth,” the woman recalled. All the while, he continued to scream at her to leave the residence, she said.

The woman said she had no other option but to have Degreenia drive her back home. But in the car, he continued to assault her while driving erratically, she told police.

He reportedly told her something to the effect of “You’re (sic) last breath will be by my hands. I’m surprised I haven’t killed you,” the affidavit says.

In an interview at his home, Degreenia accused the woman of trying to steal from his kitchen. He said he argued with her but did not assault her.

“All I did was grab her so I could get what she stole out of her pockets,” he said.

Degreenia is next scheduled to appear in court in April.

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