Apr 7, 2016 9:50 AM

Raymond fugitive accused in crime spree was released by police in error

MANCHESTER - A Raymond fugitive accused of going on a two-state crime spree involving multiple robberies and carjackings had been released from police custody by mistake.

According to the Union Leader, Michael Munroe was arrested in Tewksbury, Mass. on a charge of possession of heroin with intent to distribute the night of March 29.

He was released on personal recognizance bail the next day despite active warrants for his arrest in connection with a home invasion and robbery in Epping 10 days earlier.

Shortly after his release, Munroe allegedly carried out a carjacking in Tewksbury, followed by a carjacking attempt in Reading, Mass., and a bank robbery in Seabrook on April 1. A manhunt led to his arrest on April 2 in Hancock, where he allegedly punched a police officer and tried to steal a cruiser. His girlfriend, Rebecca Norton, was also arrested.

Munroe was subsequently identified as a suspect in a knifepoint carjacking in Manchester on March 27, and a bank robbery in Ossipee on March 28.

“We recognize an error like this is very serious and all involved parties have received relative retraining,” said Sheehan.

Sheehan said the road sergeant was training a new sergeant on the booking procedure and the electronic fingerprinting process during Munroe’s processing and the “lieutenant in charge assumed he also checked on the fingerprint results when that was not the case.”

Among other things, Sheehan said he has added reminders on a daily checklist to help ensure that “nothing like this is ever overlooked again.”

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