Manchester Crimewatch: Teen recruited juvenile for burglaries
MANCHESTER — Police said Leonel Paniaqua, 19, of 439 Central St., gave them a false name when he was stopped in the area of Manchester and Beech Streets Monday afternoon and then fled, leading police in a pursuit, hopping over a Laurel Street fence and hiding in a shed at 274 Central St.
Police had been seeking Paniaqua on burglary, attempted burglary and contributing to the delinquency of a minor warrants. His flight resulted in additional charges of resisting arrest and criminal trespass and a city violation of climbing fences.
He had also failed to appear in Manchester District Court last year on a number of motor vehicle-related charges, including operating without a license, operating after suspension, missing plate and speeding.
The burglary charge alleges he entered the Dollar Deluxe, 334 Union St., where he removed cigarettes and hookah pipes valued at almost $165 on March 19. The attempted burglary charges refer to efforts to gain entry to Los Primos Market, 483 Maple St., and Rainbow Beauty Enterprises, 489 Maple St., the same day
.Police were led to Paniaqua after his 15-year-old alleged accomplice was identified from video surveillance, police said. The 15-year-old’s charges related to the burglary and attempted burglaries are being handled in Juvenile Court.
Paniaqua’s bail was set at $15,000 cash/surety, with conditions that include no contact with the business owners or the 15-year-old and not going to any of the businesses.
Police said they are also seeking to verify ownership of a laptop computer and some jewelry in Paniaqua’s possession when he was arrested.
Arrested on graffiti charge
Police said Robert Peterson, 31, of 46 Ode Way, was caught with purple paint on his hands that matched the paint used to apply graffiti to a rear exterior wall of Murphy’s Taproom, 494 Elm St., early Tuesday morning.
Murphy’s employees had chased Peterson and detained him for police just after midnight Monday. Police said Peterson also had markers used for graffiti in his possession.At his arraignment Tuesday morning in Manchester District Court on a criminal mischief charge, Peterson asked for a break, saying: “I have two children I support.”
But a police prosecutor successfully requested $3,000 cash/surety bail, saying Peterson has a six-page criminal record and is out on personal recognizance bail on a felony charge, awaiting a probable cause hearing.
A prosecutor said that is why Peterson was only charged with contempt, rather than bail revocation.
Arraigned on drug count
A Hudson man being held at the Valley Street Jail was arraigned Tuesday in Manchester District Court on a charge of possession of a narcotic drug.
Ryan Lee, 40, of 22 Glasgow St., was allegedly found in possession of suboxone during a contraband sweep at the jail April 18. A police prosecutor requested $2,000 cash/surety bail for Lee, who is being held on several unrelated charges. A probable cause hearing was set for May 5.
Bail set at $2,000
When he was arraigned Tuesday in Manchester District Court Tuesday on charges of driving after suspension and driving with a suspended registration, Zachary Brisson asked for personal recognizance bail.
Brisson told Judge William Lyons: “I paid the parking ticket, so I thought I was OK.”
But police prosecutor Sgt. Stephen Reardon said Brisson, who has a six-page criminal history and a non-extraditable warrant involving weapons in Massachusetts, said Brisson was out on bail on identical offenses, and scheduled for trial June 5, when he drove again and was stopped. Because Brisson was out on personal recognizance bail on the first set of charges, prosecutors brought a contempt charge instead of filing a bail revocation motion.
The judge set bail at $2,000 cash/surety. Trial was set for May 21.
Charges in 2 Hess robberies
Thomas Bence, 50, who lists the homeless shelter as his address, was arraigned Tuesday in Manchester District Court on two armed robbery charges.
Bence is accused of robbing the Hess Gas Station at 311 Queen City Ave., March 28, when he claimed to have a gun and left with more than $200 in cash, and of robbing the same gas station April 5, that time showing a knife.
Police prosecutor Carrissa Pelletier said Bence has a lengthy criminal record with his most recent convictions in July 2013 on two theft charges, and is being held at the Valley Street Jail in connection with a felony theft charge.
Bail on the new charges was set at $25,000 cash/surety, with a probable cause hearing set for May 5.
No additional bail
Mark Williams, 33, of 282 W. Hancock St., Manchester, who was arraigned Monday in Manchester District Court on charges related to alleged threats to his father and a brother, was arraigned Tuesday in Circuit Court on a felony drug charge. A police prosecutor said when Williams arrived at the Valley Street Jail Monday from the hospital, he had cocaine in his possession.
Police prosecutor Sgt. Stephen Reardon said bail had been set at $5,000 cash/surety Monday, so no additional bail was being requested. A probable cause hearing on the drug charge was set for May 5.
Charged with drug count
Street Crime Unit officers who allegedly observed a woman engaged in suspected drug activity in the TN Convenience parking lot at 90 Bridge St. Monday night stopped the woman’s vehicle at Spruce and Pine streets. After further investigation, the officers reported that Kristin Fosher-Laliberte, 42, of 22 Garland Ave., was found in possession of a small amount of heroin. She was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled drug.