HAMPSTEAD – It took a day, but the Hampstead Police Department finally got their suspect in an assault case.
According to Hampstead Police Lt. John Frazier, on May 24 at approximately 11:40 p.m., a police officer and sergeant responded to 30 Johnson Meadow Drive for a reported domestic dispute. When they arrive they met with the 911 caller, who stated her sister, who lives across the street, had been assaulted by David Woodburn.
The officers located the female victim but were unable to locate Woodburn. From interviewing the victim the police learned that Woodburn is the victim’s boyfriend.
“It appeared that he had come home to the apartment intoxicated and a verbal argument occurred between the two,” Frazier said. “A short time later the female heard what she described as water running, and said she then found Woodburn urinating on the carpet. She attempted to intervene and told the police that he then became angry and put her in a choke hold headlock and began squeezing her neck, and continued assaulting her before leaving the room. She stated he came back with a 9-inch kitchen knife and pointed it at her, threatening to slit her throat. At that point she said she went to get her cell phone and he apparently went out on the porch and she was able to lock the door, but he had broken the kitchen window to gain access back into the apartment. By that time she said she had hidden in a closet and texted her sister to call the police. Woodburn apparently left on foot, leaving the property.”
Frazier said the Hampstead Police Department issued a 12-hour domestic dispute stop and arrest and requested assistance from the Plaistow K-9 unit to deploy a dog to attempt to locate Woodburn. The victim and family were moved to another location while the police searched the area for several hours, trying to locate Woodburn without success.
Frazier said Woodburn’s description was sent out again at roll call shift change at 8 a.m. May 25, and at approximately 11 a.m. that day, Hampstead Officer Brian Oljey located a male fitting the description of Woodburn walking on Kent Farm Road in the area of James Drive.
“As the officer turned around, the male had abruptly walked into the woods,” Frazier said. “Officer Oljey pursued him on foot and was able to apprehend him and identify him as Woodburn.”
Woodburn was brought to the station, booked and held on $5,000 cash bail and transported to the Rockingham County Jail, where he remained until his arraignment May 27. At the arraignment his bail was increased to $10,000 cash, with a probable cause hearing scheduled for June 6 in Plaistow District Court.
Frazier said he faces charges of Criminal Threatening with a Deadly Weapon (felony) Second Degree assault (felony), Simple Assault (misdemeanor) and two counts of Criminal Mischief (misdemeanor).