Mar 8, 2016 12:00 AM
FRANKLIN - A man who allegedly destroyed his own mother’s business with an excavator appeared before a judge Tuesday, but the arraignment was cut short because of his repeated use of profanities.
Family members were in court and in tears telling NH1 News that their son. Jordan Ingram, has a history of mental health issues and was struggling to seek help. Now the man is behind bars for something his family says he was unable to control.
“Wow, this guy must have been angry,” said Charles Chamberlain of Franklin as he walked by the destroyed business at 15 Tannery Street,
“It’s something that I have never really seen in my career,” admitted Sgt. Daniel Poirier of Franklin Police Department. “Where someone has taken down a business that wasn’t theirs. It’s a unique situation.”
“I worked for the state Fire Marshal’s office for about 24 years, and I never went to a call like this,” said Chamberlain.
Court documents are estimating about $1,500 dollars worth of damage was done to the building owned by Richard Garth Dubois, of Franklin, and called the excavator “a deadly weapon.”
Ingram, who has a history of mental health issues, was driven to the property by a member of the Dubois family when he said he needed to “check something out." Ingram’s mother was in the process of purchasing the property.
“I’ll be honest with you, I’m down here all the time and I hear equipment running and (at the time) I didn’t think much of it,” said Chamberlain who lives across the street from the property.
“I didn't drive no (explicative) excavator into no (explicative) building,” said Ingram just before his Tuesday morning arraignment was cut short.
Ingram’s mother told NH1 News that her son needs help and is not in his right state of mind.
He told a member of the Dubois family that wrecking the building was “something he had to do.”
Ingram is being held on $30,000 cash-only bail and will be back in court for a probable cause hearing on March 16.
If you or anyone you know needs help mental health care, help is is available from the National Alliance on Mental Illness of NH.
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