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Alleged kidnappers wanted man to return $4k they believe he took, according to Rochester police

Union Leader Correspondent

June 14. 2018 9:07PM
From left, Garrett Pehowic, Dylan Madore and Anthony Smith. The men are charged in connection with an alleged kidnapping and assault Wednesday, June 13 in Rochester. 

Anthony Smith, 23, of Laconia, allegedly choked John Leary before he was forced into the gold Cadillac sedan Smith owns. (KIMBERLEY HAAS/Correspondent)

ROCHESTER — Three men were held on high cash bail Thursday after they allegedly lured a 21-year-old man to a residence in Rochester before beating and kidnapping him.

Dylan Madore, 22, of Rochester, Garrett Pehowic, 21, of Rochester, and Anthony Smith, 23, of Laconia, were each ordered held on $50,000 cash bail.

According to an affidavit, John Leary was planning to meet Madore at 58 Chestnut St. to hang out on Wednesday. When he got there and they went upstairs, Madore became angry and began accusing Leary of stealing $4,000 from him.

Leary denied the accusation. Pehowic and Smith came up behind Leary and punched him in the face, backside and on other parts of his body, the affidavit says. Smith grabbed Leary’s neck and began choking him, the affidavit says.

Leary told police the trio tried to tie him up with zip ties but were unsuccessful. That is when Leary claims he was forced into the back passenger seat of a gold Cadillac sedan.

When they reached Highland Street in East Rochester, Leary reached for the door to unlock it. When Madore pulled him back, Leary kicked out the rear window and jumped out of the moving vehicle, according to court records. 

With a bloody nose and lip, a red neck and bruising on his left side, Leary reached a phone and called 9-1-1.

Capt. Todd Pinkham of the Rochester Police Department said the call came in about 6:15 p.m. Wednesday. Leary was brought to Frisbie Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Madore, Pehowic and Smith were arrested together about an hour and a half later, Pinkham said.

In the Cadillac, police found zip ties and blood spots in the backseat, police said.

Madore was charged with kidnapping, conspiracy to commit second-degree assault, possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute and possession of a controlled drug.

Police who searched Madore’s apartment said they found a large bag of marijuana with two boxes of clear plastic baggies for distribution and cocaine in a baggie.

Pehowic was charged with kidnapping and conspiracy to commit second-degree assault. Smith was charged with kidnapping and second degree assault.

At Strafford County Superior Court Thursday afternoon, Madore pleaded not guilty and waived his right to arraignment. 

Assistant County Attorney Timothy Sullivan told Judge Mark Howard that Pehowic is on probation the county does not believe he can be safely monitored outside of jail. Pehowic’s defense attorney Steven Keable said his client has proven he can be supervised for three years and argued for $1,000 cash or surety bail. Howard kept bail at $50,000 cash.

Defense attorney Robert Watkins argued on Smith’s behalf that Leary has reasons to lie to police about the true nature of the incident. Watkins said Smith never intended to kidnap Leary. “My client did not have the state of mind the state suggests,” he said.

Watkins argued for $10,000 cash or surety bail. 

Howard reduced Smith’s original $75,00 cash-only bail to $50,000 cash.

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