MANCHESTER, NH – A man who was hitting himself in the face and worrying his mother turned on police officers who came to assist, punching one officer and kicking another.
On December 4, 2014 at approximately 10:20 a.m., officers responded to 121 Eastern Ave. for a report of a male subject, Joshua Uncles, 27, who was “harming himself.” Upon arrival, Officers Beau Bernard and Michael Dunlap spoke with the mother about the man’s unusual behavior.
According to his mother, Uncles had intentionally harmed himself while repeatedly striking himself in the face. His mother was concerned for his safety, so she contacted the Manchester Police. Upon arrival, officers made contact with Uncles and he became agitated and uncooperative while refusing to open the door of his apartment.
Officer Dunlap convinced Uncles that medical assistance may be warranted, so Uncles opened the door and demanded to be handcuffed by police. At this time, Officer Dunlap observed the self-inflicted injuries on Uncles’ face. He observed several open wounds and blood on his face and within seconds, Uncles allegedly lunged at the officer and struck him with a closed fist. A brief struggle followed and Uncles was taken to the ground and placed into handcuffs. Uncles then allegedly kicked Officer Bernard and continued his combative behavior after he was placed into custody. He eventually complied and was taken to police headquarters where he was charged with two counts of simple assault (on a police officer), resisting arrest/detention and contempt of court for a previous arrest in June of 2014. He was arraigned in District Court.