Restaurateur already facing cruelty charge arrested for punching hunter in the face in LondonderryBy CHRIS GAROFOLO
Union Leader Correspondent
October 18. 2017 12:36PM
LONDONDERRY — A Nashua business owner already facing an animal cruelty charge is accused of punching a hunter in the face, police said.
Christopher J. Fokas, 55, of Amherst, was charged with one count of simple assault in the Sept. 26 incident. He turned himself in to police earlier this week.
Fokas is co-owner of Martha's Exchange, a restaurant and microbrewery on Main Street in Nashua, with his brother Bill.
Det. Christopher Olson said officers were dispatched to Bridle Path about 7 p.m. Sept. 26 for reports of a fight, where they determined Fokas struck a hunter who had been on his land in the face.
Olson said the hunter allegedly had parked his truck on Fokas' property and that Fokas had blocked in the hunter's truck and went looking for him in the woods.
While the hunter was able to get his truck out, he and Fokas argued, police said.
During the argument Fokas allegedly punched the hunter, causing a small cut to his face, Olson added.
The hunter was given a trespass notice to the property, police said.
Fokas was released on $500 personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to appear at 8:15 a.m. Nov. 14 in Derry Circuit Court.
He also is facing an unrelated animal cruelty charge for allegedly failing to properly contain and care for his horses at his Perkins Road farm. Fokas has denied the charge, saying the whole situation is bizarre and he would fight the charge.