Mayor, police say Keene fracas resulting in three arrests unusual for homeless shelter
Two Keene police officers were met with resistance from tenants and were punched in the face when they arrived at a homeless shelter Saturday night to answer a call about a distressed tenant, police said.
Police said the incident is unusual for tenants at the Men’s Homeless Shelter, located at 139 Roxbury St. Mayor Kendall Lane said the other homeless shelter in Keene — Hundred Nights — is much more likely to draw police.
"People who could cause this kind of problem, they wouldn’t normally be at the (men’s) shelter. They would be at Hundred Nights," Lane said. "They were obviously trying to protect somebody they had in there."
The incident resulted in three arrests and a felony charge against Tobias Tarr, 40. He is charged with attempting to take a firearm from a police officer.
Tarr also faces misdemeanor assault charges for allegedly punching officer Timothy Richmond in the face, and resisting arrest.
Police said the incident occurred shortly before 11 p.m., when they were called to the shelter. Police said officers were called because an intoxicated person was combative and was possibly experiencing medical issues.
Max Shore, 28, was charged with simple assault after allegedly punching officer Peter Bowers in the face. He allegedly threw a second punch and missed, police said. He is also charged with resisting arrest and criminal mischief.
Frank Philbrook, 48, was charged with resisting arrest.
Police said both Richmond and Bowers did not suffer injuries serious enough to prevent them from continuing their shift. They do not expect additional arrests.
Lane said the Keene Housing Authority owns the property at 139 Roxbury St., and Southwestern Community Services operates the shelter. It is termed a transitional shelter designed to quickly move residents to permanent housing. It does not take people who have problems related to alcohol, drugs or mental illness, he said.
Hundred Nights is termed a "crisis shelter" and accepts people who may struggle with such problems, he said.
Tarr is being held on $10,000 cash bail. Shore and Philbrook were held without bail. All three are scheduled to be arraigned in the 8th Circuit Court in Keene on Monday.