MANCHESTER - A Goffstown man is under arrest in connection with a Wilson Street home invasion in which a woman and her granddaughter were forced to the floor and a man was pistol-whipped.
Police said they arrested Anthony Furhmann, 23, at his 66 N. Mast St. home about 10:30 Tuesday morning. He was taken into custody after SWAT team members first surrounded the residence and after an officer had a brief telephone conversation with him.
Lt. Maureen Tessier said Furhmann already was out on bail on a first-degree assault charge accusing him of stabbing a man last August at Concord and Maple streets. Fuhrmann allegedly stabbed a man in the head, neck and back after an argument at Concord and Maple streets. The victim survived but had to be taken to Massachusetts General Hospital because of the injuries and serious damage to his left eye.
The home invasion happened just after midnight Monday when two armed intruders forced their way into a second-floor apartment at 199 Wilson St. Paulette Delisle, 64, answered a knock on a door to encounter the two gunmen. One pointed a gun at both her and her granddaughter, Jowanna Melo, 18, and ordered them to the floor.
Police said Furhmann held the two women on the floor at gunpoint, while his accomplice searched the apartment. The second robber then encountered two other residents - Christian Ramos, 19, and Leo Fritz, 46. The accomplice, police said, pistol-whipped Ramos and stole his safe.
Tessier said police have not identified the second intruder but are continuing the investigation. Police believe a third person was involved, driving the getaway vehicle described as an older, dark-colored SUV.
Tessier said police do not believe Furhmann and his accomplices were involved in a home invasion early Sunday morning at 495 Old Wellington Road. In that incident, two men showed police badges in order to get into the apartment.
Once inside, they questioned residents about the whereabouts of another person. The intruders, who had holstered handguns in their waistbands, ordered Jose Nunez, 58, and his daughter, Johanna Nunez, 28, into a bedroom and then told them to wait.
The robbers ransacked the apartment, stealing a handgun, cash, passports, clothing, a cellphone and documents.
Two hours later, the Nunezes went to a neighbor for help. Two young children also were home at the time.
Police have made no arrests in the Old Wellington Road incident.
Furhmann is charged with burglary, attempted robbery, criminal liability to first-degree assault and criminal liability to robbery.
At his arraignment Wednesday in 9th Circuit Court, Manchester District Division, Fuhrmann insisted he was innocent. He said he’s been doing what he was supposed to do while out on bail on the stabbing charge. "I’ve been home every night," he told Judge William Lyons.
He also protested his identification as one of the armed intruders. "Those people had masks on," he said. "I didn’t do this."
Furhmann, who was scheduled to appear in Circuit Court Jan. 13 on a New Hampshire State Police drug possession charge, said: "I’m not a bad kid ... It’s totally unfair."
A probable cause hearing on the four felony charges was set for Jan. 21. Bail is $100,000 cash/surety, with conditions that include not going to the Wilson Street address and not having any contact with the victims.