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Apr 4, 2016 3:55 PM

NH police: Manhunt suspect high, tried to steal cop car, found with heroin and cocaine


HANCOCK - A manhunt involving two states and nine different police departments came to an end in Hancock on Saturday when Michael Munroe was arrested after an alleged crime spree of robbing banks and carjackings.

Both Michael Munroe and his alleged girlfriend, Rebecca Norton, appeared in court Monday and were arraigned on several different charges. Combined, Munroe and Norton are being held on more than half a million dollars.

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"Anything could happen in a small, quaint little town," Sherry Williams, a resident of Hancock said.

Monroe was wanted in Massachusetts and New Hampshire for a bank robbery and carjackings. His companion, Norton, had outstanding warrants of her own. Munroe was finally recognized by a Hancock patrol officer after several people reported that he was behaving strangely.

"I attempted to control his hands because it appeared he was reaching for something - that’s when he punched me in the face and took off running," officer Frank Shea said, left with a black and blue upper cheek.

Police said Munroe was high at the time he was arrested, and police said he was found with heroin and cocaine. After he allegedly punched Officer Shea, he took off on foot and was also accused of trying to steal a Hancock police cruiser. He was finally chased down and handcuffed with help from police and the fire department.

"You know, we do handle anything from chickens loose to cows tipping over to dangerous and wanted felons," Chief Wood Andrew Wood of the Hancock Police Department said.

Munroe is being held on $500,000 cash bail for being a robbery suspect after an incident at a Seabrook credit union, as well as for being wanted by Massachusetts police in connection with two carjacking incidents. Munroe has also been charged with a carjacking while holding someone at knifepoint in Manchester.

Norton was wanted for drug possession and probation violation, and she is being held on $25,000 cash bail.

Both Munroe and Norton are scheduled to be back in court on April 14.

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