Manchester Crimewatch: City man denies threatening 'anybody' with ax, tire iron
MANCHESTER — Craig Martin asked for personal recognizance bail Monday in 9th Circuit Court-District Division-Manchester, where he was arraigned on two felony criminal threatening charges.
Martin, 49, of 425 Pine St., is accused of threatening two people with a tire iron and an ax Saturday evening.
Martin told Judge William Lyons: “I didn’t threaten anybody.” He said he gathers metal objects for scrap and uses the ax to cut cables. He said he had gone to 233 Wilson St. in response to a Craigslist message about a refrigerator on the third floor.
Two men who lived next door said he got into a dispute with them and retrieved a tire iron from his truck, threatening them. The men said Martin returned to the truck again and brought back an ax, threatening to bash their heads in.
Martin told the judge that when the dispute occurred, he left, planning to return later for the refrigerator. Police said he did leave, but was spotted and stopped by Officer Brett Fernald at Merrimack and Lincoln streets. Fernald reported seeing an ax inside the vehicle and Martin was arrested and charged with criminal threatening.
Martin told the judge: “I didn’t do what I was accused of doing.” He said he lost his apartment for financial problems and he, his wife and 3-year-old son are living in a rooming house, having put all their belongings in storage, which he needs to pay for by working.
Police prosecutor Sgt. Stephen Reardon said Martin’s record dates back to 1983 and includes a felony conviction for second-degree assault. Prosecutors requested $2,000 cash/surety bail, which the judge said was appropriate given Martin’s record.
Because no plea can be entered to a felony charge in Circuit Court, a probable cause hearing was set June 26, so a judge can determine whether there is sufficient evidence to send the felony charges to Hillsborough County North for possible indictment. Martin has a previously scheduled trial July 26 on a Driving While Intoxicated charge.
Facing new, similar charges
Amanda Loiselle, 26, of 29 Orchard St., was arraigned Monday in Circuit Court on charges of theft by deception Nov. 18-22, 2013, when she allegedly wrote checks on another person’s account to pay Verizon and Comcast bills totaling more than $500.
Police prosecutor Sgt. Stephen Reardon requested $500 cash/surety bail, saying Loiselle was arraigned June 11 on a felony and a misdemeanor from similar actions in December 2013 and bail was set then at $3,500 cash/surety.
Reardon said the new charges stem from the continued investigation. Loiselle, also known as Lachance, was indicted by the April Hillsborough North Grand Jury on two felony forgery charges alleging she forged two checks, for $140 and $150, on another person’s account Nov. 27, 2013.
Trial on the latest charges was set for July 23.
Accused of assault
A Beech Hill Drive resident was arraigned Monday in 9th Circuit Court-District Division-Manchester on a felony reckless conduct charge and misdemeanors of simple assault and criminal mischief, for allegedly attacking a neighbor and her guests Sunday.
Anibal “Andy” Serrano, 20, of 178 Beech Hill Drive, allegedly began to engage his neighbor and her guests in a confrontation, so the woman told police that she closed the apartment door to defuse the situation. But she said that made Serrano angrier and he kicked at the door and ripped the screen before walking away.
The woman said when her sister and 16-year-old nephew were leaving, she escorted them out, only to have Serrano grab her by the cheeks and push her to the ground.
When her nephew came to her aid, she said, Serrano assaulted the teen, punching him repeatedly. Another guest who came outside was punched in the face by Serrano, according to the resident, who said her nephew and sister made it to their car, but Serrano picked up a brick and began hitting the driver’s door window.
Serrano’s family pulled him away from the car, but he broke loose and again attacked the vehicle’s windows with the brick, shattering the driver’s side rear window. When police located Serrano at his residence,they observed that he was bleeding from cuts on his hands.
He was charged with felony reckless conduct, three misdemeanors of assault and two of criminal mischief.
Bail was set at $5,000 cash/surety, with conditions barring contact with any of the alleged victims and barring Serrano from the residence of his neighbor and from going within 300 feet of the alleged victims.
Because no plea can be entered for a felony in Circuit Court, a probable cause hearing was set for June 26. The trial on the misdemeanors was set for July 23.
Men challenged to fight
A police officer who saw three people arguing in the area of Elm and Central streets at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday, saw one man punch one of the others in the face.
Officer Mark Aquino called out to the attacker to stop. When the man turned and saw a police officer approaching, he ran. Aquino gave chase and caught Christopher Wyman, 26, of 199 Eastern Ave., at Lake and Chestnut streets. Wyman was then arrested without further incident. He was charged with simple assault and resisting arrest.
Aquino then met with the other two men, both from Londonderry, who said Wyman had been harassing a woman inside TJ Sports Bar on Central Street and they came to the woman’s defense.
They said Wyman later confronted them outside the bar and challenged them to a fight, which they declined. They said Wyman then charged at one of them, punching him and causing some bleeding and swelling. That was when Aquino saw the trio and sought to stop Wyman.
One arrested, one escaped
Police responding to a robbery report at 545 Hooksett Road, early Sunday morning found a man being detained by several people outside the Papa Gino’s restaurant.
The man was identified as Zachary Janas, 31, of 15 College Ave. He was arrested and charged with robbery after police spoke with the clerk at nearby Hydro 101.
The clerk said Janas and another man entered the store shortly before 1:45 a.m. and while Janas distracted him at one side of the store, his companion removed five grow lamps from behind the counter at the other side of the store.
When the clerk noticed Janas’ companion leaving the store with the merchandise, he chased after him, catching up with the thief as he tried to place the lamps, valued at nearly $600, into his vehicle. The clerk said he was able to retrieve the lamps, but the man drove off in a silver Honda CRV.
The clerk told police he returned to the store and confronted Janas, trying to keep him inside the store while he called 911. But he said Janas pushed him to the floor and fled, but the clerk was able to get up and chase Janas, catching him near Papa Gino’s and pinning him to the ground with the help of bystanders.
Janas was arrested and charged with robbery. The charge is a felony because force was used in connection with a theft attempt.
Bat used in threats
Two people were arrested Saturday after they allegedly threatened two other people with bats at a Granite Street residence. Isaiah Williams, 17, who is homeless, and Philip Joseph, 21, of 479 Hall St., were each charged with four felony counts of criminal threatening. Williams was also held for violation of bail conditions on an earlier charge and is scheduled for arraignment at a bail revocation hearing Tuesday morning in 9th Circuit Court-District Division-Manchester. No court date was provided for Joseph.
Police who responded to the Granite Street residence Saturday at about 6 p.m. were told that a 20-year-old victim had been challenged to a fight by an unknown young male who passed his address. The resident avoided a confrontation, but the would-be fighter said he’d be back.
That prompted the resident to call a friend to come over in case the challenger returned.
Shortly after the resident’s friend arrived, so did the challenger and another young adult, accompanied by a number of juveniles.
The four adults engaged in mutual combat, but the fight was brief and when the resident and his friend retreated inside, Williams allegedly cornered them in a small hallway, holding a bat over his head and making swinging gestures with it. Joseph then allegedly took the bat and made the same swinging gestures, although no one was struck. The two suspects and their juvenile followers then left the area.
Williams was located at Dover and West streets and Joseph was found inside 91 West St.
Sign wasn’t worth arrest
Unfortunately for Andrew St. Jean and Kyle Deegan, two police officers patrolling Elm Street at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday spotted three men at the corner of Elm and Manchester streets, one of them pulling a “Drive-up ATM” sign form the side of the Citizens Bank building.
When the officers approached the group, the men fled on foot.
Officer Justin Mangum caught the man who had ripped the sign off the building, but abandoned it during his flight. Mangum reported that St. Jean, 22, of 26 Boutwell St., Lunenburg, Mass., eventually stopped running and surrendered in the rear courtyard of the bank. St. Jean was charged with theft and resisting detention.
Officer Jered Maguire pursued the other two men, catching up to Deegan, 23, of 61 Mulberry St., Concord, in the area of Amherst and Elm streets. Deegan was charged with resisting arrest. The third man was not caught.
Not a good idea
When an officer responded to a report of a stolen vehicle at 671 Corning Road shortly before 12:30 a.m. Saturday, he learned the 50-year-old owner had discovered his truck missing from the parking lot just before midnight.
The owner’s longtime habit was to park the 1999 Ford F-150 in the apartment building lot, unlocked and with the keys inside.
Shortly after taking the stolen vehicle report, Officer Tom Ouellette spotted the stolen truck traveling on Corning road and stopped it as it pulled into the parking lot of Crystal Lake Apartments, 661 Corning Road.
Ouellette identified the driver as a 16-year-old resident of the truck owner’s complex who had found the keys inside the truck and decided to go to a friend’s house. She was arrested and charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.