Victim speaks to NH1 News after police say phone tossed in river during father, son dispute
PORTSMOUTH — The victim who police said was choked and had their phone thrown in Piscataqua River during a fight between a customer and a father and son at the Dolphin Striker restaurant told NH1 News they had been alerted to the altercation because of screaming.
According to the victim, who requested to remain anonymous, they had "stopped to watch after hearing people screaming and (saw) two older guys fighting."
They said an older women was in the street asking for someone to call the cops while "more people got in the fight."
According to the victim, the father, who was eventually arrested, was on the ground when the son stepped in asking people to stop because it was his dad. A police officer then arrived on scene to try to stop the fight.
"I was standing off to the side watching the whole thing a good distance away," the victim said. "The kid helped his dad up and ran at me, grabbing my neck with one hand and grabbing my phone (...) with his other hand."
The victim said the son "threw my phone very far across the street towards the tugs, and it landed in the water."
The victim and a bystander searched for the phone but were unable to find it.
Police eventually took photos of the victim's neck because a hand print was visible.
At the end of their statement, the victim said they "didn't know what the fight was about until (they) read the article in the paper."