Police: Man With Pitchfork Assaults NH State Trooper

Brian Cross
Newmarket Police

A man who threatened two neighbors with a pitchfork assaulted a New Hampshire State Police trooper in Newmarket Wednesday morning, according to police.

Officers responded to Turkey Ridge, where they found 58-year-old Brian Cross in his yard wielding a pitchfork neighbors say he had used to threaten them.

When police tried to arrest him around 7:20 a.m., he allegedly became combative and attacked the trooper.

Cross faces three counts of felony criminal threatening involving a deadly weapon, as well as a charge of resisting arrest. His wife, 53-year-old Hilary Cross, faces charges of drug possession and a count of resisting arrest after police say she interfered with officers trying to arrest her husband.

Brian Cross has been held on $20,000 cash bail and was due to be arraigned Thursday. Hilary Cross was released on $1,500 personal recognizance bail and is due back in court Sept. 3.

It was not immediately clear if either suspect had an attorney.

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