Published Date Written by Gail OberLACONIA — A local man was ordered held of $500 cash-only bail for allegedly reentering his ex-girlfriend's home and taking her electronic benefits card after being ordered to stay away from her.
According to complaints and affidavits obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division, Lawrence Deroche, 33, of 735 North Main St., Apt. 1 allegedly hit his former girlfriend Tuesday afternoon and cut her lip. Complaints said he also pushed her during the same encounter.
Police responded and Judge Thomas Rappa issued an emergency restraining order. However, police affidavits said the victim called them later that day and said she thought Deroche had returned to her apartment and entered through the kitchen window. She said her EBT card was missing and and there was a note on the kitchen table.
The victim also said Deroche called her niece at 2:30 a.m. and thought Deroche was banging on her window.
Police met Deroche in a local parking lot and he had a copy of the restraining order on him. They said he admitted to returning to the complex and banging on the window because he wanted her to get him some clothes from his ex-girlfriends apartment. The two apartments are in the same complex.
When police asked if he had the victim's EBT card, Deroche said he thought he did. Once in the booking room at the LPD, he took the victim's card from his pocket and allegedly admitted to taking it from her apartment after being served the order of protection.
He is charged with two counts of simple assault, one count of breach of bail and one count of violating the terms of his bail.