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Manchester teen faces new robbery charge

June 24. 2013 10:25PM

MANCHESTER — A city teen, facing a July 17 probable cause hearing in 9th Circuit Court, Manchester District Division, on a May 29 armed robbery charge, was arraigned Monday in Circuit Court on a new robbery charge.

Ryan Brooks, 18, of 43 Lincoln St., is accused of telling a teen in the area of Lincoln and Clay streets to empty his pockets, but the teen refused. The teen victim told police that Brooks then hit him in the face, threatened to kill him and took his cellphone and iPod Touch.

Police said the victim identified Brooks as the robber, but Brooks did not have the stolen items in his possession and was released.

But a short time later, police said, Brooks was spotted running from the area and when he was stopped again, he was found in possession of the stolen items.

Because Brooks was out on bail at the time, police prosecutors filed a motion to revoke Brooks' bail and a hearing on the motion was set for Tuesday morning.

A probable cause hearing on the new charge was set for July 8.

Charged with stalking

George Riley, 33, of 34 Juniper Road, Bedford, pleaded innocent Monday in 9th Circuit Court, Manchester District Division, to two charges each of violation of a protective order and stalking. Riley is accused of calling a woman at her Amory Street address May 5 and May 8 from prison despite a protective order barring contact by any means.

Trial on the new charges was set for July 29. Because Riley was subject to bail conditions pending sentencing July 10 on an earlier charge, police prosecutors filed a motion to revoke Riley's bail, and he was ordered held pending a hearing Tuesday morning in Circuit Court.

Can't stay away from court

Erizachart Mejias Navarro, 17, of 73 Maple St., was already scheduled for trial Aug. 14 in 9th Circuit Court, Manchester District Division, on a simple assault charge, so Judge William Lyons Monday set trial on new charges, stemming from a weekend incident at the skate park on Maple Street, for the same day.

Mejias Navarro is one of four teens charged in connection with the incident Saturday afternoon; the others are juveniles. Mejias Navarro was charged with misdemeanor riot for allegedly ignoring police efforts to defuse the situation, with police saying he attempted to continue to fight.

He was also charged with resisting arrest for allegedly trying to push past another officer to engage the others and with simple assault for kicking an officer in the buttocks during the struggle.

Police said a fourth teen, a 14-year-old, was charged with criminal mischief after he sped toward an officer on his bike, abandoning the bike and propelling it into the side of a cruiser, damaging the cruiser.

Because Mejias was out on bail on the earlier charge, police prosecutors filed a motion to revoke his bail, and a hearing was scheduled Tuesday morning.

Trial on the new charges was set for Aug. 14, the same day as the assault trial.

Says he never left his porch

A city man accused of second-degree assault, simple assault and resisting arrest was arraigned Monday in 9th Circuit Court, Manchester District Division.

Giacomo Gagnon, 32, of 160 Eddy Road, is accused of squeezing a woman's neck until she had difficulty breathing, also leaving bruises. The assault charges allege he punched her in the face and that as a result of being punched, the back of the woman's head hit the ground.

A charge of resisting arrest alleges that when police arrived at Gagnon's residence, saying they were there to arrest him, he retreated into his residence.

Gagnon is free on $3,000 cash/surety bail, which includes conditions barring contact with the alleged victim and barring him from her Manchester Street residence. In court Monday, he protested the charges, saying to Judge William Lyons, "I never left my porch ... She came to my house."

No plea can be entered to a felony in Circuit Court, so a probable cause hearing was set for July 24. Trial on the misdemeanors was set for Sept. 4.

No reason for being there

Junior Plaisir, 26, of 743 Douglas St., pleaded innocent Monday in Circuit Court  to a misdemeanor charge of possession of a prescription drug without a prescription and to a violation of loitering/prowling. Trial was set for July 24, and bail was set at $3,000 cash/surety.

A police officer responded to a 5 a.m. call Sunday on Maybrook Avenue from someone reporting a man entered a neighbor's car and the vehicle had been ransacked.

The officer began to check the neighborhood and found a ransacked vehicle at a Mast Road address, although the vehicle owner was able to determine nothing was missing.

Another officer found a man at Mast Road and Bernard Street who matched the description given by the Maybrook Avenue caller. Police said the man, who gave a false name, was arrested for prowling. During the booking process, he was identified as Plaisir, who had several active warrants.

Police said Plaisir had a bag containing 21 Lidoderm Lidocaine packets for which he had no prescription, prompting the drug charge.

Police said the bag also contained cellphones, credit cards and an iPod Touch. Those items were seized by police until their ownership can be verified.

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