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January 14. 2014 8:45PM

Two arrested after standoff in home near Hampton Falls-Seabrook line


State Police troopers remain outside a roadblock in the area of Currier's Leather Furniture on Route 1 in Hampton Falls. (Jason Schreiber/Union Leader Correspondent)

DARREN GRAGG 

MELISSA AMATO 
HAMPTON FALLS — Two people were taken into custody after an eight-hour standoff that prompted police to bring in the State Police SWAT team and forced the closure of a 1-mile section of Route 1.
 
 
After several hours of negotiating with police, State Police. Col. Robert Quinn said the pair surrendered without incident around 6:45 p.m.
 
 
They were identified as Darren Gragg, 36, and Melissa Amato, 32, both of 24 Lafayette Road, Unit 7. The two face burglary charges, but will likely face more charges as a result of the standoff, police said.
 
 
Gragg and Amato allegedly barricaded themselves inside the residence after police arrived to question them as part of an investigation that began in Amesbury, Mass., around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday when police there were called to investigate a suspicious vehicle.
 
 
The vehicle fled when police attempted to identify those inside, Quinn said.
 
 
Amesbury police later learned that the two lived in Hampton Falls.
 
 
According to police, Hampton Falls police officers and state troopers responded to the residence around 10:30 a.m. today to assist Amesbury, Mass., police with an ongoing investigation.
 
 
When they arrived, police said they encountered two individuals wanted for questioning regarding the investigation.
 
 
"As a result of their failure to comply with the officers' commands and the serious nature of this incident, the Hampton Falls Police Department requested the assistance of the New Hampshire State Police SWAT Unit," Quinn said.
 
 
A perimeter was set up and police closed a section of Route 1 from Currier's Leather Furniture at 75 Lafayette Road (Route 1) to the Seabrook town line for the safety of the public, according to Quinn.
 
 
The two are being held at the Rockingham County Jail.
 
 
Gragg is held on $150,000 bail while Amato is being held on $100,000 bail.
 
 
They will be arraigned in the Seabrook Circuit Court Wednesday morning.
 
 
 

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