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Man once held at gunpoint by officer is now accused of threatening Hinsdale police


February 15. 2017 5:49PM

An Ashuelot man, Joshua Parda, who in 2015 had a gun pointed at him by a Winchester police officer, stands accused of threatening to harm members of the Hinsdale Police Department. (New Hampshire State Police - Troop C)

HINSDALE — An Ashuelot man, who in 2015 had a gun pointed at him by a Winchester police officer, stands accused of threatening to harm members of the Hinsdale Police Department.

New Hampshire State Police arrested Joshua Parda, 32, about 11 a.m. on Wednesday.

He was held in the Cheshire County jail pending arraignment today in 8th Circuit Court - Keene.

State police said the investigation is ongoing and no other information would be released Wednesday.

In August 2015, Parda was involved in an incident with former Winchester police officer Kevin Martel, then 26, of Walpole who was dating Parda’s ex-girlfriend.

Martel, in full uniform and in a marked Winchester police cruiser, allegedly pointed a loaded gun at Parda as he was walking down Main Street in Ashuelot on Aug. 15, 2015.

Martel was charged with two felonies — criminal threatening with a deadly weapon and reckless conduct with a deadly weapon. In a negotiated plea deal, he pleaded guilty to felony criminal threatening and was given a 12-month suspended sentence.

At the time of the incident, Parda filed a complaint in Cheshire County Superior Court accusing both the Winchester and Hinsdale police departments of stalking and harassing him.


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