Manchester Crimewatch: Man tells judge he didn’t know he was driving a stolen car
MANCHESTER — A Massachusetts man, arraigned Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on a felony charge of receiving stolen property, told a judge: “I wasn’t even aware the car was stolen.”
Police said Terence Williams, 37, of 91 Lawrence Ave., Dorchester, Mass., was driving a New Jersey-registered car that was reported stolen in April.
Williams was stopped in the area of Mammoth Road and Stockholm street Wednesday night by members of the Special Enforcement Division. The officers working in the area around 92 Walnut St., saw the vehicle pull up in front of the house, the driver get out and enter the house, returning to the vehicle about five minutes later and driving off.
Because the officers had checked on the license plate and learned the vehicle was stolen, they followed it and stopped it, taking Williams into custody on the stolen property charge.
He was also charged with possession of a narcotic and possession of a controlled drug, for allegedly having five prescription-only Suboxone strips and 3.2 grams of marijuana in his possession.
Because no plea can be entered to a felony charge in Circuit Court, a probable cause hearing was set for July 10 on the stolen property and narcotic charges, so a judge can determine whether there is sufficient evidence to send the case to the Hillsborough County North Grand Jury for possible indictment.
Williams pleaded innocent to the misdemeanor drug charge and a 2013 violation of driving after suspension, for which he had failed to appear in Circuit Court. Trial on those charges was set for Aug. 6. Bail was set at $10,000 cash/surety.
Gun threat alleged
Two men who were arrested Wednesday night in the area of Grove and Union streets, one accused of threatening people with a gun and the other of striking a woman with his car and driving off, were arraigned Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division.
The driver, Kurtis Kumar, 23, of 269 Cartier St., could enter no plea to felony charges of reckless conduct and conduct after an accident. His front seat passenger, Grant Raymond, 21, of 215 Eastern Ave., could enter no plea to two felony charges of criminal threatening.
Probable cause hearings for both men were set for July 10, so a judge can determine if there is sufficient evidence to send the charges to the Hillsborough County North Grand Jury for possible indictment.
Police said an officer driving on Union Street, north of Valley Street, noticed a crowd by the alley south of Grove Street and saw a white Pontiac Grand Prix traveling west in the alley at a high speed, nearly colliding with his cruiser.
Officer Brian Karoul, of the Community Policing Division, said Kumar’s vehicle struck numerous trash containers in the alley, forced people to jump out of the way and struck Yawana Mitchell, injuring her leg. He then drove off without stopping. Raymond is accused of pointing a gun at a particular person and also at the crowd.
Karoul said both Kumar and Raymond had bloody faces, allegedly the result of an altercation involving other young people, which preceded the flight by car.
Bail was set at $5,000 cash/surety for Kumar and $8,000 cash/surety for Raymond, who objected to the bail requested by the prosecutor, saying: “I’m a good kid.”
Brian Crawford, 40, of 225 Grove St., was arraigned Thursday in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on a felony charge of second-degree assault that alleges he continued to punch a man who had been stabbed in the right side and arm May 7 on Grove Street and, after the man fell to the ground, kicked him in the head and body.
Bail was continued at $10,000 cash/surety for Crawford, whose criminal history includes assault, criminal threatening, drug possession, drug possession with intent to sell, stalking, resisting arrest and criminal trespass.
A probable cause hearing was set for July 16, so a judge can determine if there is sufficient evidence to send the case to the Hillsborough County North Grand Jury for possible indictment.