MANCHESTER — Police said Eric Rynasko, 30, who suffered head and neck injuries after being dragged about 30 feet by a vehicle at about 2 a.m. Sunday, had pointed a gun into the vehicle in which his girlfriend was seated with a male driver.
Rynasko, of 414 Hanover St., who is charged with felony criminal threatening and felony reckless conduct, is in the intensive care unit at the Elliot Hospital. Police prosecutor Sgt. Stephen Reardon Monday told a 9th Circuit Court-District Division-Manchester judge that Rynasko has a brain bleed and cervical spine injuries. He asked $10,000 cash/surety bail be set for Rynasko.
A court document shows that Rynasko told police that his girlfriend, Miranda Rivard, 28, with whom he has a child, had not been home for a day and a half. He was in their apartment at 414 Hanover St., he said, when he saw her sitting in the passenger seat of a vehicle being driven by another man. He told an officer he was upset and “armed himself.”
He said he ran downstairs to confront the other man and stuck the gun inside the vehicle window, pointing it at the driver, who rolled up the window and drove off, dragging Rynasko. He got loose and fell to the ground near Dufort Street, where he was found by Manchester Firefighters.
Court documents show Rynasko told police: “Man, I screwed up ... I’m an idiot.”
Police said the weapon, found next to Rynasko was a small .380, which was missing the magazine, but did have one round in the chamber.
The court document shows Rivard told police she had been to a Jack and Jill shower and a male she knew only as Spencer had given her a ride home. The driver was later identified as Spencer Little, 22, of Goffstown, who was interviewed by police later Sunday.
Rivard told police that she and Spencer were talking when she saw Rynasko running from the house, yelling and waving a small handgun, pointing it at the vehicle. She said everything happened very fast.
She said Little continued driving for a short distance after Rynasko fell from the car and he stopped to let her out at Amherst Street. She returned to where Rynasko was lying and was still there, crying, when police arrived.
Ashland Street resident Cheryl Peabody said she looked out her door Sunday morning to see a young white male sitting on the ground wiping his head.
A girl was standing next to him; both were well-dressed, she said. At one point, another girl came over, spoke to them and then departed.
Peabody said she heard no shouting before a fire engine arrived.
“My dog would bark, believe me,” she said.
The criminal threatening charge alleges Rynasko pointed a loaded firearm in the face of Spencer Little and the reckless conduct charge alleges he pointed a loaded firearm in a vehicle which could have placed another (Rivard) in danger of serious bodily injury.
An attorney for Rynasko, Jean-Claude Sakellarios, appeared in Circuit Court Monday morning and asked that “very large personal recognizance bail” be set for Rynasko, saying he has no violence in his background.
Sakellarios said Rivard and Rynasko have lived together for years and have a child. He said Rynasko might have thought the gun was unloaded, because “there was no magazine.”
He also asked that the bail conditions be modified to allow contact with Rivard, but Judge Gregory Michael said he wouldn’t modify the bail conditions unless Rivard appears in court.
Even if Rynasko had been able to appear in court, he could not have entered a plea to the felony charge, because no plea can be entered to a felony in Circuit Court.
A probable cause hearing was set for Aug. 19, so a judge can determine whether there is enough evidence to send the case to the Hillsborough County North grand jury for possible indictment.
Police said the incident is still under investigation.
Union Leader reporter Mark Hayward contibuted to this report.