1 NH man arrested, 2 juveniles detained outside of store carrying knives, air pistols, bandanas
PORTSMOUTH— An alert witness tipped police to a trio of suspects outside of a seacoast convenience store Wednesday, resulting in the arrest of one adult and detention of two juveniles, all armed with knives, air pistols and bandanas.
Portsmouth police say that a woman pulled into the parking lot of the Circle K Convenience Store at 2470 Lafayette Road. The woman reported seeing a man walking through the parking lot with a firearm in his hand and it appeared the suspect was attempting to conceal it under his clothing as he walked towards the front of the business. Fearing for her safety, she drove to a remote location where she immediately called police.
Arriving officers located the man and two other suspects, one male and one female, hiding in the bushes behind the business.
Police say one of the males, a juvenile, approached a police canine officer and in doing so, became a target for the dog. He was evaluated by emergency medical responders and was found to not be injured.
He was charged as a juvenile through the 10th Circuit Portsmouth Family Court.
The third suspect was also placed into protective custody. Charges are pending and if pursued, will be processed through the 10th Circuit Portsmouth Family Court.
An adult, Tyler Welch, 20, of 138 Bartlett Street Unit C in Portsmouth, was arrested and handed a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.
Welch was also given a misdemeanor charge of breach of bail. Police say Welch is currently out on bail for a June 16 arrest where he was charged with possession of a controlled drug with the intent to sell, a class B felony, and criminal trespass, a class A misdemeanor.
All three people were found to be carrying charged and loaded air pistols, knives and clothing police believed may have been used to conceal their identities.
Police say the investigation is active investigation and are requesting the public’s assistance with this case. Anyone who witnessed this event or who may have information relevant to the suspect’s intentions that evening are encouraged to contact Officer Scott Pearl at the Portsmouth Police Department at (603) 610-7631.
People can also contact Seacoast Crime Stoppers by leaving an anonymous tip at (603) 431-1199 or at seacoastcrimestoppers.org, or text a tip to CRIMES (274637) with the letters "TIPSCS".
Tips leading to an arrest or indictment could bring a cash reward of up to $1,000.