Concord man charged after reported altercation, shooting in Penacook 

  • Anthony Roesel, 25, of Concord faces a charge of simple assault. He is accused of physically assaulting another man in downtown Penacook in September 2017. Courtesy

Monitor staff
Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Concord police have charged a city man with simple assault nearly two months after they say he started an altercation in the village of Penacook.

Anthony Roesel, 25, was arrested Nov. 2 and charged with the misdemeanor offense. Police say he was one of two men involved in a fight, during which shots may have been fired.

Police responded to the report of an outdoor shooting involving several people in the area of Canal and Crescent streets in Penacook on the evening of Sept. 16. Authorities from the New Hampshire State Police and the Merrimack County Sheriff’s Office, as well as officers from Boscawen, Canterbury, Concord and Webster, responded to the call.

Although police quickly identified the involved parties and witnesses that night, the case required more extensive investigation, Concord police Lt. Sean Ford said.

That investigation revealed that Roesel, who was a passenger in a car, had a verbal exchange with a man crossing the road, and had ordered the driver of the car to pull over, police said.

“Roesel then exited the vehicle and physically assaulted the other male,” Ford wrote in a news release issued Wednesday afternoon. “The male victim fell to the ground and injured his head. It is alleged that the victim then produced a firearm and discharged it, missing Roesel who was still acting aggressively.”

The victim fled the scene after the altercation, police said, noting that the two men did not know each other.

Concord detectives found no physical evidence that a firearm was discharged, and they have not recovered a weapon.

“Investigators determined that Roesel was the primary aggressor and that the victim would have been acting in self-defense if a weapon was, in fact, used,” Ford wrote.

Police arrested Roesel on a warrant last week after responding to a domestic violence incident on Loudon Road. He faces a charge of simple assault as a result of that unrelated call.

Roesel is scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 3 in Concord’s district court. He is out of jail on $4,000 personal recognizance bail.