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Man indicted in alleged North Hampton kidnapping attempt

BRENTWOOD — A man who allegedly threatened a woman with a box cutter outside of a North Hampton grocery store was indicted for a botched kidnapping attempt that could land him in state prison for up to 7½ to 15 years, prosecutors said.

A grand jury indicted William LaRochelle, 31, of Newburyport, Mass., on charges of attempted kidnapping, attempted armed robbery and two other charges for attempting to force the woman into her car and drive him to Maine.

The woman was retrieving items from her car while parked in front of a Shaw’s Supermarket at 10:37 a.m. on Sept. 20 when LaRochelle approached her.

LaRochelle then climbed into the woman’s car through the driver’s side door and sat in the passenger’s side, but the woman refused to get in. He climbed back into the driver’s seat and tried to start the woman’s car but may have had trouble with a standard shift, according to court documents.

The woman fled and called to some men in the parking lot for help.

LaRochelle is being held at Rockingham County jail.


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