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Sep 7, 2016 4:42 PM

Man who stole car and crashed it into tree in Laconia faces competency hearing

LACONIA — A man that stole a car after threatening the owner and then driving it straight into a tree will face a competency hearing in order to assess his understanding of the charges against him.

Ronald P. Johnson, 31, is currently in jail in lieu of $7,000 cash bail. he was scheduled to appear in Belknap County Superior Court on Wednesday in order to determine whether he comprehends the charges pending against him and can assist his lawyer in his own defense, according to The Citizen.

Johnson was arrested on July 12 by a patrolling officer, who was aware of the incident, on Jackson Street. The officer had been flagged down, prior to seeing Johnson, by a woman near Lyford Street who told him that a man had threatened her and took control over her black Jeep Liberty, the Citizen reported.

Johnson is charged with armed robbery, a felony. He could face up to 15 years in prison.

Johnson was also driving with out a license, according to police.

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