Newmarket man allegedly threatened to 'kill' and brandished gun during fist fightBy JAMES A. KIMBLE
Union Leader Correspondent
June 10. 2014 8:18PM
BRENTWOOD — A Newmarket man is being held on charges that he allegedly brandished a handgun and threatened to kill a man after getting involved in a fist fight Saturday night, police said.
Benjamin Snow, 25, of 11 Lincoln Ave. is being held on $50,000 cash bail following his arraignment on Monday in 10th Circuit Court, Brentwood Division. He is charged with criminal threatening, a felony punishable by up to 3½ to 7 years in state prison.
Newmarket police were dispatched to 11 Lincoln Ave. for a report of a fight in the parking lot. Police were met by a large group of people who told them that the fight had ended, but that a firearm was involved.
“Several people at the scene indicated that a man later identified as the defendant, Benjamin Snow, had brandished a firearm at the conclusion of the fight, threatening that he would kill people with it,” Newmarket Detective Sgt. Richard Beaudet said in a sworn affidavit.
As Snow was being taken into custody, he told a police officer “that he had in fact had a firearm, claiming he displayed it in self defense,” Beaudet said in the affidavit. Police say Snow also told them the weapon was unloaded.
The gun was placed under an outdoor air mattress prior to police arriving at the scene, police said.
Witnesses told police that Snow and another man “had been involved in a playful wrestling match that had turned serious,” Beaudet said in the affidavit.
When an onlooker, Robert McCarthy, tried to break up the scuffle, Snow attempted to fight him as well, police said.
“McCarthy stated that Snow then separated from the fight, screaming that he was going to get his gun and that he would kill McCarthy,” according to Beaudet. Snow then left and went back to his apartment, police said.
“McCarthy reported that a brief time later Snow returned with a small handgun,” Beaudet said in the affidavit. “McCarthy then stated that Snow pulled the trigger three to four times, each time producing a ‘click’.”
McCarthy told police he then struck Snow, hitting him several times to disarm him.
Snow is due back in court for a probable cause hearing on June 19.