, Derry, New Hampshire

August 1, 2012

Derry man faces multiple charges

By John Toole

---- — DERRY – A Derry man allegedly threatened his girlfriend with her own shotgun in a fight Sunday, July 29, that led to his arrest and police telling their Everett Street neighbors to stay indoors.

Joseph Greenquist, 24, of Derry is facing 11 charges in all including criminal threatening, second-degree assault, false imprisonment and felon in possession of a dangerous weapon.

He was arraigned Monday in 10th Circuit Court in Derry. Bail was set at $25,000 cash and a probable cause hearing scheduled for Aug. 6.

Police responded shortly before 8 p.m. Sunday for a domestic disturbance at the couple’s apartment and met the girlfriend, identified in court papers as Megan Seppala, 21, next door.

She told police the fight started about 5 p.m. when she asked for her phone charger, Greenquist became upset, called her a name and ordered her to her knees because he was going to punish her, according to a police affidavit.

She said he slapped her on the buttocks four times, slammed her into the living room wall and squeezed her neck.

“If you don’t stop acting like a brat, both of us will end up murdered,” she said Greenquist told her.

He allegedly told her she could stay or go, but when she started to leave, he put her in a headlock, then picked her up and carried her to the bedroom closet, where he closed the door behind her and put a chair against it.

She told police she then heard a clicking sound and the cocking sound of a shotgun.

“I thought he was going to shoot me through the door,” she told police.

Seppala was able to force the door open and walk outside, the affidavit said.

Greenquist was convicted six years ago of felony burglary in Strafford County, court records showed.