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Attack victim: 'I thought I was going to die'

New Hampshire Union Leader

March 29. 2013 1:30AM
Donald Fisher describes the attack he endured Thursday morning while at his Manchester apartment Thursday evening. Behind him is a pillow stained by blood from a head wound. (TIM BUCKLAND/Union Leader)

MANCHESTER - Donald Fisher said he thought the men who attacked him with a pipe outside his Silver Street apartment Thursday morning were going to kill him.

"I thought, for sure, with the amount of blood I was losing, I was going to bleed out. I thought I was going to die," he said Thursday evening while nursing a head wound that continued to seep blood despite the stitches he was given at Elliot Hospital.

Fisher, 63, said he'd come home from picking up a prescription for Oxycodone when he was approached just before 9:30 a.m. by two men with a picture of a lost dog.

They asked him if he'd seen the animal. When he got closer to look at the photo, they attacked him and robbed him of his medication, he said.

"I let them get too close to me," he said. "That's the trouble with me. I'm just too nice of a guy."

He said one of them knocked him down after hitting him in the face. When he was on the ground, they started hitting his head with a pipe.

"They really started bashing my head in," said Fisher, who suffered a concussion.

Police later recovered a pipe nearby in a parking lot on Maple Street.

The men ripped a Rite Aid bag containing a prescription for Oxycodone from the man's hands.

One of the men grabbed the bottle and the two took off north on Maple Street, according to police.

Officer Chris Biron and police dog Colt tracked the men, and headed north on Maple Street and east on Prescott Street to the dead-end bordered by a fence line encompassing the rear of a Lincoln Street business. Clothing located in that area was recovered as evidence since its appearance was consistent with the description of the attackers provided by witnesses, police said.

The first man was described as white, in his mid- to late-20s, about 6 feet tall with a thin build.

He was wearing a light blue, hooded sweatshirt and dark jeans, police said.

The second man was also white, in his mid- to late-20s, about 6 feet tall with a thin build. He was clean-shaven with acne on his face, wearing a white sweatshirt with black graphics, a black baseball cap and dark jeans, police said.

The two were last seen headed north on Lincoln Street toward Hayward Street, police said. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 668-8711. Anonymous tips can be made through the Manchester Crimeline at 624-4040 or online at

Last month, Fisher was involved in an incident at his home that attracted police attention when he used his "stun cane" to subdue a woman who was allegedly attacking a roommate's daughter.

In that Feb. 21 incident, Fisher zapped a woman armed with a knife with a stunning device he had attached to his cane to try to prevent her from attacking his roommate's daughter, police said.

The not-so-powerful device did not stop Kelly McAndrew, 37, but arriving officers did.

McAndrew was arrested and charged with simple assault and criminal threatening.

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