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Laconia man arrested in Nashua attack of jogger

Union Leader Correspondent

October 14. 2011 3:57PM


NASHUA - A Laconia man has been arrested for the sexual assault of a woman in Nashua Friday morning.

Stefan Wollmar 22, of 19 Gillette St., Laconia, was arrested Friday and charged with aggravated felonious sexual assault. He was being held on $100,000 cash bail Friday night.

A 33-year-old woman was jogging along Marie Avenue near a path leading to Lincoln Park when Wollmar knocked her to the ground and sexually assaulted her, according to Nashua Deputy Chief John Seusing. The attack happened about 5:15 a.m., he said. Police said the woman told them she did not see which direction her attacker came from.

'She was unable to provide any description to us,' Seusing said.

The woman ran home after the attack and called police. She was treated for her injuries and later released from a Nashua hospital.

Officers canvassed Lincoln Park and Mine Falls Park but did not find a suspect. Police reached out to school Superintendent Mark Conrad because of the high school's proximity to the crime scene. Students from Nashua High North and Nashua High South often cut through the park on the way to school, Seusing said. He asked the students to walk in groups and be aware of their surroundings.

About two hours after the attack, police received a call about a suspicious person spotted a couple of miles from the crime scene. The caller was unaware of the attack. Wollmar seemed suspicious because of his location, dress and mannerisms, Seusing said. He would not elaborate further.

The officer brought Wollmar into the station based on his suspicious behavior and the attack.

Police are not sure why Wollmar was on Marie Avenue. They believe he was visiting friends in Nashua but not in that neighborhood. He did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol when he was brought into the station, Seusing said. There is no indication that Wollmar knew the victim, Seusing said.

'As far as the victim goes, she was in the wrong place at the wrong time,' Seusing said.

Police are continuing to gather evidence and investigate, Seusing said. They said they have not determined if Wollmar was in the area looking for a victim or if it was a crime of opportunity.

The case was a priority for police due to the violence involved and its random nature.

The incident happened in a quiet, residential neighborhood with a wooded area leading to Mine Falls Park. Joggers head toward the park in the early morning hours when it's still dark, Seusing said. Even though an arrest was made, Seusing advised that women not jog alone and be aware of their surroundings.

Cailin Decker was jogging in the park Friday afternoon, unaware of the attack. She was shocked to hear the news.

'I've always felt safe, always,' Decker said.

She frequently walks through the area after dark on her way home from the gym, Decker said. So far she has only encountered other friendly walkers. She said she plans to change her routine to walk through a more well-lit area in the future.

Wollar is scheduled for arraignment in Nashua District Court Monday. If convicted, he faces 10 to 20 years in New Hampshire State Prison.

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