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Bail set for TD Bank robbery suspect in Derry

Union Leader Correspondent

April 24. 2014 9:16PM


DERRY — A man accused of robbing TD Bank’s Derry branch of an undetermined amount of cash is being held on $10,000 bail following a hearing Thursday in 10th Circuit Court, Derry Division.

Lucien Goguen, 49, who told police he is homeless, allegedly robbed the bank at 35 Manchester Road on Tuesday morning. After allegedly committing the robbery, police said they captured him in less than 10 minutes as he walked on Scobie Pond Road.

He is charged with robbery, a Class B felony. If convicted, he faces from 3½ to 7 years in state prison and a fine of up to $2,000.

On Tuesday, bank employees said a man entered the bank at about 11:25 a.m. and handed the teller a plastic Hannaford grocery bag and a note inside instructing the teller to put money into the bag, according to police.

The note said something to the effect of “put the money in the bag, this is not a joke,” a police affidavit said.

After the teller complied, the man took the bag containing an undetermined amount of cash and fled from the bank on foot. He was last seen walking away from the bank and heading west, Derry police Capt. Vern Thomas said.

Police quickly responded to the scene and conducted an extensive area search for the suspect, Thomas said. At 11:33 a.m., officers checked a man walking on Scobie Pond Road that matched the physical description of the suspect but who was wearing different clothes, Thomas said.

Goguen allegedly told police he was coming from the Whispering Pines Mobile Home Park and planned to go shopping at Hannaford, which is next to TD Bank in the same plaza, the affidavit said.

When questioned, Goguen denied ever being at TD Bank, police said. But after being shown some surveillance photos of the bank robbery that matched Goguen, he confessed to the crime, the affidavit said.

“Looks like your twin,” an officer told Goguen when he showed him the photos, the affidavit said.

Goguen also allegedly admitted that he had disposed of his clothing and the money in nearby woods and that he wanted a lawyer, the affidavit said.

While he was being transported in a cruiser, Goguen allegedly said “please apologize to the bank teller, I didn’t mean to scare her” and “I didn’t have a weapon,” the affidavit said.

Following a K-9 search, miscellaneous clothing and a plastic Hannaford bag with money inside was found within approximately 20 feet of the clothing, the affidavit said.

During the bail hearing, Goguen was represented by Amy Beaton, his court-appointed lawyer. Goguen didn’t enter a plea, according to court officials.

Bail was set at $10,000 cash or surety.

Goguen is next scheduled to appear in court on May 6 for a probable cause hearing, according to court officials. The hearing is scheduled to start at 12:45 p.m.

Courts Derry

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