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Portsmouth man charged with criminal threatening of youth who mistakenly entered his home


August 31. 2018 10:40AM




MARK GRAY

PORTSMOUTH — A 44-year-old man has been charged with three felonies after police say he fired at a youth who fled after mistakenly entering his home early on the morning of Aug. 18.

Police said Mark D. Gray, 44, who shares the 140 Summer St. home with former Portsmouth Police Commissioner Brenna Cavanaugh, was woken at 3:30 a.m. by a male juvenile who walked into the unlocked house.

Police said the youth had been communicating via a social networking site with a juvenile female who lives at the home. According to police, she “invited him to a gathering” and advised him the door was unlocked.

“Due to a miscommunication, the male juvenile was unaware that the gathering was at a location other than the female’s residence,” police said in a news release on Thursday.

Police said when he entered the house, the residents woke up and the youth fled.

As he entered his vehicle, which was parked on Summer Street, Gray allegedly exited the home and fired several rounds at him, police said.

The day of the incident, Cavanaugh issued a statement to the media in which she challenged the police version of events.

“I urge media outlets to request the ballistic report, which will prove otherwise,” Cavanaugh wrote. “The vehicle was fired upon as it accelerated towards us (the victims) at a high rate of speed, (after it had already accelerated at a high speed in reverse, crashing into a telephone pole). In a last resort action of self defense, in an effort to disable the vehicle, and neutralize an immediate threat to our lives, the vehicle was fired upon as it approached and passed us. Not as ‘it fled.’ ”

Cavanaugh finished four years of serving on the Portsmouth police panel last December.

On Thursday, police said “a trajectory analysis of the rounds fired” led them to arrest Gray.

He faces two charges of reckless conduct, a Class B felony, and a charge of criminal threatening, also a Class B felony.

He was released on $10,000 personal recognizance bail and is to be arraigned Tuesday.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Detective Peter Sheldon at (603) 610-7609.


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