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Nashua slashing followed argument over too much pot in car say police

Union Leader Correspondent

March 03. 2014 7:13PM

MERRIMACK — A joyride took a turn for the worse when one of the passengers was stabbed in the chest with a box cutter this past weekend.

Dean Janggen, 20, of 16 Cherrywood Drive, Nashua, has been arrested and charged with first- and second-degree assault. Those charges were later dropped by prosecutors.

According to court documents, three teenagers from Nashua drove to Manchester on Saturday afternoon to pick up Janggen. After driving around and smoking marijuana for about a half an hour, Janggen allegedly pulled out a bag of marijuana containing a few ounces of the drug, according to an affidavit filed by Officer Christopher Spillane of the Merrimack Police Department.

The three other men — Scott Schmidt, 18, Jacob Patenaude, 17, and Rhett Summers, 17, reportedly became upset at Janggen because of the large amount of marijuana in the vehicle. Schmidt, of Nashua, advised Janggen that he was going to drop him off somewhere close because he did not want to get caught with a large quantity of marijuana in his car, according to court records on file at the 9th Circuit Court, Merrimack District Division.

While at a parking lot at London Court, Janggen allegedly became angry and refused to leave the vehicle, according to court documents. A fight ensued, and Patenaude, of Nashua, admitted to punching Janggen because he would not get out of the car.

"When Dean (Janggen) stood up, Patenaude advised that he noticed Dean was holding a box cutter," according to the affidavit.

12 stitches

Eventually, Summers, of Nashua, was allegedly slashed in his upper chest with the box cutter, resulting in non-life-threatening injuries, according to court documents. Summers was treated at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center where it took 10 stitches to close the chest wound and two-stitches on his arm.

Janggen was arraigned Monday in Merrimack court on the two felony assault charges. Judge Paul Moore issued bail at $10,000 cash only.

Janggen, whose alternative address was listed as 138 Orange St., Manchester, has been ordered to have no contact with the victim. No plea was made on Monday because the charges were felonies. Janggen will return to court March 13 for a probable cause hearing.

According to court documents, Janggen was previously arrested for possession of drugs, theft and resisting arrest.

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