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Somersworth couple arrested after alleged gun threat, police say toddler was in the SUV

Union Leader Correspondent

April 16. 2018 7:31PM

Tanya Phillips

SOMERSWORTH — Police in Somersworth have arrested a man and a woman after the alleged threat of a Union Street area resident with a handgun.

Damon Austin, 36, of 17 High St., apt. B in Somersworth, allegedly got into a blue Ford Explorer and fled the scene after making a threat Saturday afternoon about 2:17 p.m. The SUV was spotted on High Street and was stopped on Stackpole Road by multiple patrol officers.

Police found a loaded .22 Glock pistol magazine on Austin and a Glock semi-automatic pistol on the floor of the passenger side of the vehicle where he was sitting, according to a news release issued Monday.

Police say that firearm was stolen in Saco, Maine, last year.

Austin was charged with reckless conduct, felon in possession of a dangerous weapon, receiving stolen property and possession of marijuana.

Police also arrested and charged the driver of the Explorer.

Tanya Phillips, 33, who also lives at 17 High St., apt. B in Somersworth, was charged with accomplice to reckless conduct and endangering the welfare of a child.

Police say Phillips had their 2-year-old daughter in the vehicle with them at the time of the incident.

Police searched the couple’s apartment and found two firearms they also believe to be stolen. The weapons seized include two pistols, three shotguns and two rifles.

Police also discovered over an ounce of cocaine, crack cocaine, trazadone tablets, scales and more than $1,700 cash. These items were also seized.

State police and the Portsmouth K-9 unit assisted in this case.

The couple was held on cash bail pending arraignment Monday.

Somersworth police officials say the investigation is ongoing and more charges are expected.

Anyone with more information is asked to call Somersworth Police Department at 692-3131 or 692-9111.

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