Mass. man charged with 1st-degree assault for allegedly hitting woman he trapped in car with pipe

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MANCHESTER, NH – A Massachusetts man allegedly struck a woman several times with a metal pipe after she contacted 911 while traveling in a vehicle with the man, who was a known acquaintance. On Oct. 10 at approximately 1:45 a.m. Muhannad Fadlalla, 23, of Somerville allegedly picked up the 32-year-old victim and engaged in a conversation, which made the woman uncomfortable.

The victim asked to exit the vehicle in the area of Woodlawn Avenue, but Fadlalla allegedly refused to stop the vehicle and locked the doors. Fadlalla realized she was calling 911, so he allegedly stopped the car in the middle of the street before retrieving a handgun and a metal pipe from the trunk of his car. He entered the vehicle and attempted to strike her with the firearm, but missed and dropped it in the process.

He allegedly picked up the metal pipe and struck her several times before she was able to exit the vehicle. She sustained minor injuries as a result of the assault and was later treated at the Elliot Hospital. He briefly chased after her, but took off in the vehicle as she continued running on the dead-end street. A resident was awakened by the noise and exited his home before contacting police. He was able to provide a description of the suspect and the vehicle.

Officer Robert Megowen conducted a motor vehicle stop a short time later in the area of 333 Valley St. Fadlalla was taken into custody without incident and transported to police headquarters. He was charged with first-degree assault and criminal restraint. He was scheduled to appear in Hillsborough County Superior Court-North on October 10, 2018. The vehicle was towed to police headquarters pending a search warrant.