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Derry man charged with criminal mischief after throwing knives in his house

By CHRIS GAROFOLO
Union Leader Correspondent

October 06. 2017 7:51PM

Micah Abate (Derry Police Department)

DERRY – A 26-year-old Derry man was arrested after police say he tossed throwing knives into his bedroom wall this summer, creating more than 50 slit-sized holes while his parents were not home.

Micah D. Abate, of 23 Collates Grove Road, was arraigned Thursday on six misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief stemming from a July 2 incident where he allegedly was throwing butter knives and regular knives in different rooms.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges, according to court documents.

Officers with the Derry Police Department responded to Collates Grove Road in the early morning hours of July 2 for reports of criminal mischief. Abate’s parents told police they were visiting friends in Maine for the day and when they came home, they found a broken window in the basement.

Abate told police he was “messing around” with one of his swords when the blade cover detached and struck the glass window. Police also noted there was damage to the window pane and to the wall near to the window, consistent with the area being struck more than once with a hard, sharp object.

The family found damage in the laundry room and basement bathroom, all of which was consistent with the slits in the wood of the door which Abate’s mother said were caused by him throwing knives.

In searching Abate’s room, police observed approximately 50 holes in the wall that seemed to be caused by overhand throwing knives.

Police say Abate appeared intoxicated at the time of the investigation and that he offered no further explanation for the damage other than that he accidentally broke the window with the blade cover of the sword.


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