Northfield man assaulted woman in Tilton, Northfield before arrest in Franklin

Monitor staff
Friday, January 26, 2018

A man arrested after a 6-hour standoff in Franklin on Thursday is accused of assaulting a woman in a car in Tilton and in a home in Northfield earlier the same day, court records show. 

David Fielding, 34, of Northfield waived his arraignment on charges of second-degree assault, reckless conduct, simple assault (domestic violence-related) and violation of a protective order Friday in Merrimack County Superior Court. Fielding remains in custody. 

A woman told police Fielding first assaulted her at about 5:30 a.m. on Main St. in Tilton while she was driving his black Ford Explorer. She said he struck her in the head with a “hard object.” 

When the woman returned to a house in Northfield, the abuse continued. She told police Fielding hit her again, this time in the back of the head with a handgun, and that she was at one point “seeing stars” from the force of the blows. 

Police had previously responded to the residence at 37 Diana Road in Northfield, after they were alerted to reports of “shots fired” in the parking lot. Fielding opened the door and spoke to police, and told the woman not to mention the assault, records show. 

When police returned to Diana Road later that morning, they found the woman crying and holding a cloth to her head. Police observed that she was bleeding from an open gash. The woman was transported to Franklin Regional Hospital, where doctors said the wound required staples to close. 

Police in Franklin later located Fielding’s SUV outside a house in Franklin surrounded by spent bullet casings. They called the state SWAT unit to the scene, which used tear gas to get Fielding out of the house after a period of six hours.

(Leah Willingham can be reached at 369-3322, lwillingham@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @LeahMWillingham.)