Man charged with hitting companion on head with brick while walking trails together

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MANCHESTER, NH – A city man was arrested on a charge of second-degree assault after police say he allegedly struck a companion on the back of the head with a brick while they were walking together on a trail behind Fisher Cats Stadium. There were two other female acquaintances in the group, who told police they witnessed the attack.

At approximately 9:45 p.m. on July 5 the four companions were walking together on the trail, located at One Line Drive, when one of the four, identified as Eugene Gonzales, 57, of Manchester, allegedly walked behind the other male in the group and struck him in the back of the head with a brick, causing the male, victim, age 37, to lose consciousness.

The  two females in the group who witnessed the “unprovoked” alleged assault said the victim was walking about 10 feet ahead of them when Gonzales struck him in the head.  The victim also sustained a laceration to the left side of his head as a result of the attack, so he was transported to an area hospital as a precautionary measure. The victim’s laceration was sterilized prior to being released from the hospital. He did not require further medical treatment as a result of the attack.

Officers located Gonzales in the area of Elm and Amherst streets a short time later and spoke with him about the alleged assault. Officers Shaun McKennedy and Matthew McDonald determined Gonzales was responsible for the assault so he was taken into custody without incident and charged with second degree assault.

Gonzales was scheduled to appear in Hillsborough County Superior Court-North on July 6, 2018.

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Manchester NH Police Department

This press release was issued by Manchester, NH, Police Department.