Former Milford man accused of attacking Mason police chief in jail

MERRIMACK – Russell Monbleau III is in a New Hampshire jail, charged with assault, resisting arrest and reckless conduct after he allegedly attacked the Mason police chief and fled to Massachusetts.

Monbleau, 38, was arrested on Jan. 28 in Fitchburg, Mass., where he waived extradition.

He was arraigned in Merrimack district court the next day, then transported to the Hillsborough County House of Corrections in lieu of $50,000 cash bail.

On Jan. 24, he allegedly attacked Chief Barry Hutchins after the police chief stopped a vehicle in which Monbleau was a passenger.

Police say he struck Hutchins with a metal chair, causing internal injuries, and fought with him before fleeing into the woods.

K-9 units from Milford and state police and police from Brookline, New Ipswich and the Temple-Greenville departments responded to help Hutchins and the Mason officers in the manhunt.

Monbleau is charged with reckless conduct and second-degree
assault, both Class B felonies, and simple assault and resisting arrest, both Class A misdemeanors.

The car’s driver, Danielle Dickstein, 34, was reportedly charged with possession of marijuana and crack cocaine.

Monbleau is scheduled for a probable cause hearing on Monday, Feb. 10, in Milford district court at 9 a.m.

The former Milford resident was living in Fitchburg, Mass., at the time the alleged assault occurred and has a history of arrests that include drug possession and hosting an underage drinking party in Milford.