February 23. 2018 4:58PM

Police: Stoddard man attempted to gouge out Lebanon officer's eye

Union Leader Correspondent

LEBANON -- A fugitive who turned out to be wanted for aggravated sexual assault allegedly tried to gouge out a police officer’s eye in the Walmart parking lot Thursday.

Shawn M. Mooney, 30, whose last known address was in Stoddard, was arraigned Friday in Grafton County Superior Court and ordered held on $20,000 cash-only bail, according to Lebanon deputy Chief Phillip Roberts.

According to police, Thursday’s incident began about 10:15 a.m. with Lebanon police Cpl. Michael Roberts investigating a suspicious vehicle with two men inside parked on the north side of the Walmart on Plainfield Road.

The passenger, later identified as Mooney, was allegedly discovered in possession of drug paraphernalia and gave a false name to Roberts.

When the officer attempted to make the arrest, “Mooney attacked him by striking him in the face several times and then made several attempts to gouge out one of his eyes,” police said in a press release.

Mooney broke free from Roberts and fled into a swamp behind the Walmart, police said.

Roberts radioed for backup, which brought multiple Lebanon police officers to the area. Mooney was later found on Interchange Drive while attempting to exit the other side of the swamp and taken into custody.

Police said Mooney’s identity was determined after his arrest, when it was discovered he also was wanted on outstanding arrest warrants for aggravated felonious sexual assault involving a 9-year-old child and a probation violation, both out of Hillsborough County Superior Court North.

Based on Thursday morning’s incident, Lebanon police charged Mooney with three felony counts of attempted first-degree assault, misdemeanor simple assault, reckless conduct and resisting arrest.

“The first-degree assault and reckless conduct charges stem from Mooney’s attempts to gouge out Cpl. Roberts’ eye,” Lebanon police said. “Agents from the United States Marshal Service had been in Lebanon in early January attempting to locate Mooney on the outstanding warrants. They had information that Mooney was hiding out in the Lebanon area.”

Roberts was examined at the scene and later treated for facial and eye injuries at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital and released. Mooney was transported to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center where he is being evaluated.

The investigation into Thursday’s incident, and the harboring of Mooney in the area, is ongoing, police said. Anyone with information can contact the Lebanon Police Department at (603) 448-1212.