Jun 19, 2015 10:36 AM

Manchester man charged with shooting high-powered fireworks at maintenance workers


MANCHESTER - A Lincoln Street man is accused of shooting high-powered fireworks out his window at two men doing maintenance work on a lift 30 feet off the ground at Silver Street Towers.

According to police, workers Mike Capone and Nick Gonios heard loud noices and felt hot embers as they worked on Thursday morning. Capone said he saw the suspect shoot a "roman candle" in their direction from across the street. Capone then ordered Gonios to duck. The men, who are not from the area, have been doing work on the Silver Street Towers property for the past two months. The work required them to use a lift to reach the upper floors.

Thomas Stokes, 28, of 175 Lincoln St. was charged with reckless conduct, criminal mischief and making a false report to an officer.

Police say he also shot out a window at 470 Silver St. while the resident there was sitting on her couch.

Police were called to the Silver Street address by the woman whose window was shattered. The victim, Laurel Schaffer, said she'd see a man looking out of a window of an apartment across the street.

When police arrived at that address on 175 Lincoln St, and talked to Stokes, he said he had not been home, but further investigation did place him in the apartment at the time of the incident.

Stokes was arraigned on Friday morning.


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