Four minutes all it took for arrest after Tilton robberyBy LARISSA MULKERN
Union Leader Correspondent
February 27. 2012 10:47PM
The suspect, David Bickford, was arraigned Monday in Franklin District Court, charged with one felony count of armed robbery, felony theft by unauthorized taking, felony criminal threatening with a weapon, and a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest or detention. He is being held on $25,000 cash bail at Belknap County Jail in Laconia.
Police Chief Robert Cormier said the store clerk alerted police to the robbery at 8:30 p.m., providing them with a description and direction of travel. Bickford had escaped on foot and the clerk didn't see a car. Officers responded to the area immediately and found Bickford hiding by a riverbank in the dark near Elm and Granite streets. He was taken into custody and arrested without incident by 8:34 p.m.
'It all happened within four minutes,' said Cormier.
Cormier said Bickford, dressed in a hooded sweatshirt with his face covered, handed the store clerk a note demanding cash. The note stated he had a gun. However, after he was arrested, police recovered a butcher knife, but no handgun. Cormier said the note, and nearly $800 in stolen cash, was also recovered. Bickford told police he was homeless but had previously lived in Laconia.
A probable cause hearing is scheduled for March 12 at 10:30 a.m. at Belknap 4th Circuit Court in Laconia.