Workers say man threatened them with a gun after dispute on Massabesic Street

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MANCHESTER, NH – A tree company hired by the owner of 141 Massabesic St. was setting up outside of the Massabesic apartment house around 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 22 when a verbal confrontation began with the first-floor tenants. The 48-year-old tenant allegedly exchanged words with Accurate Tree Service workers prior to her son, later identified as Joseph Montello Fernald, 22,  immersing himself in the situation.

Joseph Fernald allegedly exited his mother’s first-floor apartment and engaged in an argument with several of the workers. The tree crew said Fernald went back into the apartment immediately after pointing a black handgun at them. The tree service foreman felt threatened, so he reported the incident to police.

Fernald complied when asked to exit the home by the responding officers. He was ultimately arrested and charged with criminal threatening and possession of a dangerous weapon once they completed the investigation. The officers located two sets of brass knuckles inside of his pockets and a black bb gun inside of the apartment.

Fernald was released on $2,000 personal recognizance bail and scheduled to appear in Hillsborough County Superior Court on February 1, 2018.