NORTH HAVERHILL — Shortly after being released Monday from the Grafton County jail, authorities say Brenden P. Harriman assaulted a man who stopped to give him a ride, then stole the victim’s vehicle.
Harriman, 21, is being held without bail at the county jail on charges of robbery with a weapon or serious bodily injury and second-degree assault.
The first charge is a Class A felony punishable by 7-1/2 to 15 years in prison, while the second is a Class B felony, punishable by 3-1/2 to 7 years behind bars.According to court documents and published accounts, Harriman was being held in the county jail for failing to appear in court for hearings on his allegedly committing two misdemeanor simple assaults in Orford on Oct. 26, 2018.
In indictments handed up this March by the Grafton County Grand Jury, Harriman on that date allegedly swung an 8-month-old girl, causing bruising to her face and back when she struck a high chair. On Nov. 4, court documents say a 79-year old man who lives near the county jail pulled up to a stop sign and was approached by Harriman, who asked for a ride to nearby Bradford, Vt.
The man told Harriman he was headed in the other direction, but Harriman got in the man’s Jeep Patriot anyway.
Harriman threatened to stab the alleged victim if he didn’t pull over and get out of the SUV. The manrefused and was allegedly punched in the face by Harriman, suffering a nasal bone fracture.
In the parking lot of the Woodsville Walmart, the man got out and Harriman then drove off.
Around 3:30 p.m. Monday, Lebanon Police located and impounded the Jeep. Shortly thereafter, officers arrested Harriman. Harriman’s last known address is the Renihan Meadows condominium complex in West Lebanon.
A dispositional conference in the case is scheduled for Dec. 16 and a final pre-trial hearing for Feb. 26.