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Police: Woman held over weekend in her apartment

By DOUG ALDEN
New Hampshire Union Leader

January 29. 2018 8:06PM
Manchester police charged three people with kidnapping Monday, from left: Ernesto Mateo, Holly Crawford and Jada Johnson. (COURTESY)



MANCHESTER — Three people accused of holding a woman hostage in her own apartment were arrested Monday morning on kidnapping charges, police said.

Police were responding to a noise complaint around 5:25 a.m. from an apartment at 455 Union St. There they found a woman who had been held against her will and physically assaulted throughout the weekend, police said in a news release.

While talking to a man who answered the door, officers noticed a “distressed” woman inside the apartment, police said.

The officers spoke to four people inside the apartment and ended up arresting a man and two women. The 49-year-old woman who lived there was taken to a hospital; she was released later in the day.

Ernesto Mateo, 28, Holly Crawford, 33, and Jada Johnson, 21, all of Manchester, were charged with kidnapping; additional charges are possible, police said.

Investigators said the victim was familiar with the three people who were arrested, but would not give any other details.

Residents of the building woke to a large police presence and officers armed with rifles patrolling the area.

A man whose mother lives on the first floor said she was now looking for a new place to live because she was frightened.

“It really spooked her a lot,” said the man, who asked not to be identified. The man said he heard what sounded like people arguing Sunday night on the third floor of the building, but wasn’t sure which unit.

The building — converted into apartments from the old Maynard School — is on Union Street just south of Hanover Street.

Manchester police logs show two calls around 3 a.m. Thursday to the Maynard School Apartments, one to “check area for a problem” and the other about someone possibly seen carrying a weapon; police would give no other details.

Police spokesman Lt. Brian O’Keefe said bail for Mateo, Crawford and Johnson, who initially provided a false name, had not yet been set and it was unclear when they would appear in court.

O’Keefe did not return messages seeking additional comment.

dalden@unionleader.com


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