Man Arrested After Spraying People With Bear Spray In West Lebanon

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LEBANON, New Hampshire. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Greenfield man who allegedly sprayed four pedestrians in West Lebanon with bear spray was arrested on Monday. The suspect identified by Lebanon Police as John Cahill, 41, was set to be arraigned on Monday and was being held at Grafton County House of Corrections, according to a spokesperson at the Lebanon Police Department.

Witnesses reported that Cahill had confronted four pedestrians crossing the street while he was driving. He was exiting Interstate 89 when the pedestrians continued to walk towards the local 110 Grill. Cahill then left his vehicle and followed the people on foot, leaving it unattended at Plainfield Road.

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When the suspect approached the pedestrians, he sprayed bear spray at them. The spray also affected people nearby who were on the front patio of the restaurant. All four of the people sprayed and several bystanders experienced symptoms from the spray.

Following the confrontation, Cahill got back into his vehicle and pulled into the restaurant parking lot, where he then went to the patio area again. He then allegedly threatened the people there, challenging them to a fight.

The suspect was later arrested and charged with six counts of Simple Assault and Criminal Threatening, both Class A Misdemeanors. He was also charged with Driving While Impaired, a Class B Misdemeanor, and four counts of Disorderly Conduct.

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