LACONIA — Hassan Sapry, 21, was arrested and charged Friday with the second-degree murder of local resident Wilfred Guzman Sr., 57, state and local law enforcement officials announced.
Sapry will be arraigned Monday in Belknap County Superior Court, Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald said in a statement he issued with Laconia Police Chief Matthew Canfield and State Police Col. Christopher J. Wagner.
The arrest ended a three-day search of the city for someone authorities said they wanted to question about Guzman, who was found dead in his apartment at 57 Blueberry Lane on April 19.
State and local police had warned that Sapry should be considered dangerous.
Officials confirmed Sapry was taken into custody in Laconia, but did not offer any further details on precisely when or how that occurred.
Jordan Stacey of Laconia told reporters Sapry was taken into custody from his parents’ house on Pleasant Street.
“He’s off the street. We feel safer tonight,” Stacey said.
In the pre-dawn hours last Wednesday, Laconia residents within an approximately one-mile radius of the Pleasant Street location where Sapry was last seen on foot were awakened by a recorded telephone message from New Hampshire State Police.
In Facebook postings, Sapry, a 2015 graduate of Laconia High School, uses the name Hassan Ali Sapry.
Guzman, 57, was found dead after police were asked to conduct a welfare check by a family member.
The Medical Examiner’s office determined Guzman died from a head injury.