Two charged in Concord home invasion
CONCORD -- Two men are accused in an April home invasion on Concord Street in which two teens were assaulted.
The men were arrested after a month-long investigation into the home invasion and armed robbery that happened April 30 and was solved, in part, because of tips received through Concord Regional Crimeline along with assistance from Franklin and Merrimack police and the state Department of Corrections, police said.
The home invasion happened about 8:20 p.m. while two teens, both age 16, and a 7-year-old child were inside the residence. Two men wearing masks forced their way into the apartment, threatened the teens with an apparent handgun and a knife, bound their hands with duct tape and demanded money and other items.
The teens were assaulted, but police said they did not require medical attention. The robbers fled with a small amount of cash and a handgun.
Multiple tips were received through Crimeline and detectives ultimately identified the robbers as Christopher Rowley, 24, of Merrimack and Benjamin Boynton, 23, of Franklin.
Police said Boynton was armed with a BB gun that looked like a gun, while Rowley had the knife. Boynton is charged with armed robbery, burglary, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, conspiracy to commit burglary, criminal threatening, criminal restraint and reckless conduct.
Rowley is under arrest on charges of armed robbery, burglary, criminal threatening, criminal restraint, reckless conduct, simple assault, criminal threatening and violating bail conditions.
Police said Boynton and Rowley committed numerous other crimes together before the armed robbery, including thefts of service from two Concord restaurants and stealing goods from the Concord Walmart.
Investigators determined that hours before the home invasion, Boynton and Rowley stole items from Walmart that they used in committing the armed burglary.
Boynton was arrested on May 7 on an unrelated parole violation and remained incarcerated at the New Hampshire State Prison. He was arrested Monday on the additional charges and is to be arraigned Tuesday morning in 6th Circuit Court, Concord District Division.
Rowley was arrested on May 23 and is being held on $100,000 cash bail after being arraigned in Circuit Court.
He also was arrested on May 15 on a charge of criminal liability for the conduct of another related to the use of Rowley's vehicle in the planning and commission of the home invasion.
He was arraigned and later released on bail. Police said he now stands accused of violating bail conditions less than a week later when he allegedly threatened the victims of the home invasion. Detectives said they obtained evidence to substantiate further charges against Rowley for the home invasion.
Additionally, both men will be facing more charges related to the thefts at Walmart and the restaurants.
Police said the investigation is ongoing and additional charges and arrests may follow.