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Newmarket man indicted over assault of grocery store co-worker

BRENTWOOD — A former Market Basket employee was indicted by a grand jury for allegedly attacking a female co-worker in a break room.

Samuel Woods, 20, of Ash Swamp Road in Newmarket, is facing two counts of second-degree assault for knocking down the teenage girl on March 5 and repeatedly punching her in the head, according to prosecutors.

A grand jury returned the two charges against Woods in Rockingham County Superior Court.

Woods and the girl worked at the Market Basket store in Epping. Police said they were called to the grocery store to investigate a report that the girl had been punched repeatedly in the face and choked until she became unconscious.

Woods allegedly attacked the 17-year-old girl shortly after 5 p.m. while she was in the break room, located on the second floor in the rear of the building, according to court records. The room is monitored by surveillance cameras.

Police obtained footage of the alleged assault, which shows the girl sitting at the table eating while facing a hallway, according to a police affidavit. Woods is seen entering the room and running at the teenage girl “with his hands open in a choking fashion,” the affidavit said.

Woods then dove over the table, grabbed the girl by the neck and forced her to the floor, police said. He allegedly punched the girl several times. Prosecutors say the victim sustained a concussion during the attack.

Woods went into the bathroom after the assault and briefly returned to the break room before leaving, according to police.

He then took off his shoes and jumped off a second-floor platform near a stock room, police said. Woods jumped off the platform, landing by wooden dollies about 18 feet below. He later told police that “something evil came over him” prior to going after the girl, according to a police affidavit. He also said during his police interview that he did not know the girl well, and had no reason to attack her.

Woods allegedly said that he “had issues with women since he was young and has acted out violently before by attacking a teacher. He said he is under the care of a psychologist and is prescribed medication,” the affidavit said.

Woods remains held at the Rockingham County jail in Brentwood.

jkimble@newstote.com


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