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Goffstown police investigating vandalism, recent attack

GOFFSTOWN — Police are still investigating two crimes in town, with few leads.

The cases involve the Sept. 1 graffiti vandalism on sections of Maple Avenue Elementary School, and the attack of an 18-year-old woman on Nov. 18.


However, police have arrested four juveniles in a burglary at Maple Avenue School on Sept. 29. In that burglary, police said “a concerned citizen” notified them about some kids who were entering the school on a Sunday. Police Lt. Pierre Pouliot could not say what was stolen or other circumstances because the case is in juvenile court; however, the four kids “will be held accountable for their actions,” he said.

“Some may be doing a diversion, a program they take to talk about the problems they encounter, and the ramifications of their actions. It’s a second chance for them,” he said.

There are no leads, however, on the vandalism at the school in September, when yellow and red paint was sprayed on the school and cars, a garage, buildings and signs across town.

Police said profanity and the phrase “Don’t Tread on Me” was spray-painted on the side doors, the portable classroom and the back wall of Maple Avenue School, just three days before the start of the new school year.

The vandals also targeted some cars on Spring Street, signs on Smith Road, a private garage on Summer Street, and buildings on Depot and Church streets during the early hours of Sunday, Sept. 1.

Pouliot said the alleged attack on the woman on Monday about 7 p.m. near Daniel Plummer Drive and Cote Avenue is still being investigated. “People have been calling, asking questions, but no one has come forward saying they know the suspect or have other information,” he said.

The woman said she was approached by a driver who asked if she wanted a ride. She said no and walked away. The man drove away, but returned and tried to pull her into the car. She was able to run away and call police. The suspect is described as a white male, about 6 feet, 1 or 2 inches tall, possibly balding with a muscular build, and wearing a dark sweatshirt. The victim said the car may be a newer, dark-colored, four-door model. Anyone with information is asked to call Goffstown police at 497-4858.

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