Belmont police report possible record string of felony arrests
BELMONT — Police say they may be about to set a department record for felony arrests, including one case in which a man was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated for allegedly being drunk while driving with a child in his car.
“It has proved to be a very busy week here, and it is only Thursday,” said Lt. Rich Mann. “We are on track to set an all-time department record for most felonies investigated in one week.”
On Monday, Mann said, an woman arrived at the Belmont Police Station with injuries that she said were from a domestic assault on Concord Street. The woman was treated by Belmont rescue crews at the police station then taken to Lakes Region General Hospital.
Police arrested Daniel Elliott, 26, of Concord Street, and charged him with a Class B felony assault. Police say he tried to strangle the woman with a metal broom handle. Elliot met his $5,000 cash bail and has been released pending his arraignment on June 17 at Laconia Circuit Court.
Also on Monday, police arrested Katherine A. Urquhart, 29, of Pine Street, Laconia, and charged her with with a Class A felony of theft by unauthorized taking. She allegedly stole $30,000 worth of jewelry from a Laconia home on May 6. The jewelry was found at a local pawn shop. Urquhart will be arraigned on June 17 at Laconia Circuit Court.
On Wednesday, an officer on patrol stopped a vehicle for failing to signal a turn off of Route 106. The officer found that Mark F. Royea, 29 of Linda Drive, Belmont showed signs of being intoxicated, Mann said.
Officers also found an 8-year-old child in the car, he said.
Royea failed field sobriety tests and was charged with aggravated DWI and endangering the welfare of a child. Another man in the car was also arrested for protective custody. Royea will be arraigned on June 17 in Laconia Circuit Court.
Also on Wednesday, police responded to a woman caller in an apartment at 19 Church St. who said a man was threatening her.
Officers found “a tense scene,” Mann said, in which Justice Welcome, 18, of Belmont “was observed going after his mother threatening her, at one point with a bat.”
Police said they used a Taser to stun Welcome when he resisted arrest. He has been charged with two counts simple assault. “One of those assaults was on a Belmont police officer whom he struck in the arm while resisting arrest,” Mann said.
He was also charged with resisting arrest and felony criminal threatening and intimidation. He was released on $5,000 personal recognizance bail with a number of bail conditions. He will be arraigned on June 17 in Laconia Circuit Court.