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Manchester woman cuts herself performing sword tricks, gets arrested

New Hampshire Union Leader

January 24. 2017 9:46AM

MANCHESTER — A woman cut herself performing tricks with a sword, then struck a police officer with her hands while demonstrating without the weapon, police said Tuesday.

Lisa Bunker, 51, was charged Monday night with simple assault, reckless conduct and resisting arrest/detention. Police were called to 58 Massabesic St. about 10 p.m. for a domestic disturbance involving a sword.

When officers arrived, they found Bunker with a gash over her left eye; her ex-husband had cuts to his hands. He told police he had tried to take the sword away from Bunker to prevent her from hurting herself further.

Police said Bunker attempted to demonstrate to officers what she had been doing and her hands struck an officer in the face. According to police, Bunker then walked away and began swearing at the officers as they tried to arrest her. Bunker curled up on the floor and concealed her hands beneath her body before officers were able to place her in handcuffs, police said.

Bunker was taken to Manchester police headquarters for booking after refusing medical treatment at the scene.

Officers recovered the sword from Bunker’s bedroom and placed it into evidence, police said.

Bunker had an appearance Tuesday in 9th Circuit Court in Manchester, Judge William Lyons set her bail at $1,000 cash or surety for the felony charge of reckless conduct and $500 cash or surety on the misdemeanor assault and resisting charges.

Lyons also scheduled a probable cause hearing for Feb. 6 and set a preliminary trial date of March 3.

Bunker remained in custody at the Valley Street jail late Tuesday afternoon.

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