Three trials for man charged in crime spree from Farmington to DoverBy KIMBERLEY HAAS
Union Leader Correspondent
January 22. 2018 8:14PM
DOVER — A man who allegedly tied up three people and sexually assaulted one of his victims during a robbery at Emery Farm in Durham after a days-long crime spree has been granted three trials by a judge at Strafford County Superior Court.
Joshua Flynn, 47, of Bristol, is also known as Joshua Anderson. Prosecutors say that when he was released from a Rhode Island prison last year, he started robbing local establishments in Farmington, Rochester, Somersworth and Dover.
Flynn was indicted in May on charges that he bit a man and struck him in the head while trying to steal a bottle of liquor at the New Hampshire Liquor Store in Farmington March 4; brandished a knife at the Family Dollar in East Rochester while demanding cash March 7; used a crowbar to demand money at the Rochester Shell station on Washington Street March 7; used a knife to rob the Shell station on North Main Street in Rochester March 8; brandished a knife to steal cash and a carton of Marlboro Red cigarettes from the Gulf gas station in Somersworth March 9; and used a knife to demand money at the Shell station in Dover March 9.
Police caught up with Flynn March 10, after he allegedly brandished a knife and used physical threats in a sexual assault of a 23-year-old woman and stole cash from the Durham farm. Prosecutors say Flynn bound the woman, and two other victims, by the hands and legs during the incident.
Flynn took a Nissan Frontier from one of the women and fled the scene. He drove to Portsmouth Chevrolet and stole a 2017 Silverado, which he ditched in the Five Guys parking lot, according to prosecutors.
Police arrested Flynn before he boarded a bus at C&J Trailways in Portsmouth.
Flynn argued that he should be granted separate trials because the charges do not constitute a common plan and would bias the jury if tried together. Houran agreed and ordered that the charges stemming from March 10 should be the focus of one trial, and the armed robberies should be considered by a second jury.
Houran further ordered that the incident related to the robbery at the liquor store should be tried separately because it does not have the same characteristics as the other robberies.
“Though this alleged robbery occurred only a few days prior to the first day of the string of alleged armed robberies, the facts underlying the charge differ in several ways: the robbery is alleged to have occurred at a New Hampshire liquor store, involved stealing a bottle of liquor rather than money, did not involve a mask, and, though Mr. Flynn allegedly struck the store manager who confronted him, the indictment does not allege that Mr. Flynn used any weapons or threatened any of the employees in order to obtain the bottle of liquor,” Houran wrote in his order.
The trial related to the Emery Farm incident is scheduled for the weeks of March 20 and 26.
The trial on the armed robberies will be in April.
Flynn will go on trial for the liquor store incident in May.