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Manchester police say local man tangled with officers, jail guards

January 10. 2018 2:04AM
Josiah Philibert 

MANCHESTER — A 21-year-old man faces three felony criminal-threatening charges after police say he menaced two people with a metal pipe Monday and ended up tangling with city officers and county jail guards.

Josiah Philibert of Manchester was arraigned in Hillsborough County Superior Court North on Tuesday.

Police were called to a Spruce Street apartment where two people said an unknown man illegally entered their residence.

The couple said the man, who police later identified as Philibert, walked into the apartment and threatened the pair while lifting the front of his T-shirt to show he was armed with a handgun.

Police said Philibert had no weapon when officer Mark Harrington discovered him on the back porch of the apartment building.

Philibert initially spoke with Harrington, but then refused to comply with the arrest and had to be brought to the ground and pepper-sprayed after he repeatedly fought with the officers, according to police.

Philibert remained violent as he was placed in the back of a police transport wagon, police said.

After he was booked, Philibert was taken to the Hillsborough County House of Corrections. Officers there told police he punched a guard several times before two Manchester officers and several guards again subdued him with pepper spray.

Manchester police officer Meghan Grant was treated at an area hospital for a sprained wrist and minor laceration to her head from the incident, officials said.

Along with criminal threatening, Philibert was charged with two counts of resisting arrest, assault by prisoner and obstructing government administration.

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