Police use Taser on 1, arrest 3 others accused of loitering behind NH town offices
HAMPTON — Officers arrested four people found loitering behind a town office building, including one person that they used a Taser on.
An officer observed suspicious behavior coming from a car in the parking lot of the Hampton Town Office at 100 Winnacunnet Road at 2:55 a.m. Tuesday, police said. The officer followed the vehicle for a short distance and conducted a stop on Lafayette Road.
During the officers' investigation, the three men and one woman in the car's reasoning for being behind the town office did not match up, police said. Police determined that they had "no legitimate purpose to them being at this location which warranted alarm for the safety of the property in the area."
While an officer attempted to arrest the front passenger, Tyrell Johnson, 19, of Rockaway Park, New York, allegedly took off running. Police pursued after him and took him into custody after shocking him with a taser.
Johnson faces loitering, resisting arrest and false report to law enforcement for providing a false name to officers, police said. He is currently being held on $7,500 cash bail pending his trial Oct. 3.
The driver of the car, Justin Lafountain, 28, of Vassalboro, Maine, was arrested for loitering, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of controlled drugs and possession of drugs in a vehicle. Lafountain was released on $1,500 personal recognizance bail and has an arraignment scheduled for Oct. 10.
Officials also arrested passenger Nicole Jones, 22, of Vassalboro, Maine, for loitering and false report to law enforcement for providing false information to an officer. Jones was released on $500 personal recognizance bail and also will be arraigned Oct. 10.
Another passenger in the car, Matthew Lafountain, 32, of Vassalboro, Maine, faces the charges of loitering and possession of a controlled drug - suspected heroin. Lafountain is currently being held on $5,000 cash bail and had a probable cause hearing scheduled for Aug. 29.
Anyone with information on incidents occurring in the Town of Hampton is urged to contact the Hampton Police Department at 603-929-4444.