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Manchester woman shoots mugger in chest after he follows her home

Staff Report
January 05. 2016 3:50PM

MANCHESTER -? Police say a man who sought treatment for a gunshot wound late Monday night was charged Tuesday with robbery.

Michael Bontaites, 23, who has no fixed address, went to the Elliot Hospital emergency room after sustaining a gunshot wound to the upper chest that police said he sustained during an attempted robbery.

Police said Bontaites was shot by a woman he had followed to her residence and tried to grab, as she sought to reach the safety of her secured apartment building at 640 S. Porter St.

The woman, who is  4-foot-11 and 105 pounds,  said she had stopped at Mobil on the Run, 1050 S. Willow St., at about 11:30 p.m., after leaving work. She told police she was on South Willow Street at a stoplight when she noticed a dark colored sedan behind her. She said it caused her heightened concern when it followed her into her apartment complex parking lot, so she parked as close to her building as possible.

She said the following vehicle parked close to hers and as she got out of her vehicle and headed for the building, she heard a car door close and a person walking quickly behind her.

She turned and saw a white male, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, who then ran past her and blocked her path.

The woman told police the man was  about ? 5-foot-11 and 200 pounds and ? reached out  to grab her. Fearing for her safety, she pulled her handgun from her pocket and fired, hitting Bontaites in the upper chest. Police said the woman has a concealed weapon permit.

The woman fled to the safety of her secured building and called 911, telling police that after Bontaites fell to the ground a woman got out of the car that had followed her and helped Bontaites up and into the vehicle.

He was transported to  Elliot Hospital where an officer who had heard the broadcast of his description identified Bontaites as he entered to seek treatment.

Police said a man who accompanied Bontaites to the emergency room was arrested on a charge of felon in possession of a deadly weapon, for having a knife.

Zachary Boyd, 30, of 326 Amherst St., was arraigned by video from the Valley Street jail Tuesday morning in 9th Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on the charge of felon in possession of a deadly weapon.

Police prosecutor Carrissa Pelletier said Boyd's record dates back to 2004 and includes felonies of robbery and burglary. She said he has a pending drug charge in Hillsborough County Superior Court North and sought $500 cash/surety bail. Judge Gregory Michael set bail at $1,500 personal recognizance.

No plea can be entered to a felony in Circuit Court, so a hearing was set for Jan. 14, when a judge will hear evidence and decide if there is probable cause to bind Boyd over to the Hillsborough County Superior Court North.

At Bontaites' arraignment at Elliot Hospital Tuesday afternoon bail was set at $5,000 cash/surety. Because he could enter no plea to the felony a hearing  was set for Jan. 14, when a judge will hear evidence and decide if there is probable cause to bind him over to Hillsborough County Superior Court North.

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