Belmont man guilty of threatening police with blow torch

LACONIA — After deliberating over the span of three days, a Belknap County jury found a Belmont man charged with two counts of criminal threatening and one count of resisting arrest guilty on all three charges.
Brandon Dunn, 31, of 791 Laconia Road was ordered held in the Belknap County House of Corrections until he can be sentenced.
Dunn pointed a commercial grade blow torch at police who came to his house in January of 2012 with a warrant for his arrest on a domestic violence-related matter. When he saw police he picked up a blow torch and came toward the Belmont Police officers.
Dunn hid in the attic until the Belknap County Special Operations Group was activated about 90 minutes later. After deploying tear gas, police found Dunn hiding under some insulation.
Police said at the time it appeared he tried to set his house on fire but was unsuccessful.