Published DateLACONIA — Police responding Tuesday evening to a report of a disturbance near the intersection of Church Street and North Main Street ended up arresting a 30-year-old transient man and charging him with a number of crimes, including threatening with a knife.
Joseph Coughlin now faces three counts of criminal threatening with a deadly weapon, three counts of possession of a firearm in violation of a protective order, as well as single charges of resisting arrest, possession of controlled drugs, possession of narcotic drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police arrived on the scene at about 6:40 p.m. to find several men had been involved in an altercation. According to a police report, Coughlin took off running when police arrived and displayed a knife to a pursing officer before he was apprehended. A search is said to have found the suspect in possession of three unloaded handguns, marijuana, Clozapoine and other drug-related paraphernalia.
Police say other people involved in the incident say Counglin had also displayed a knife to them.
Coughlin is due the be arraigned in 4th Circuit Court - Laconia Division at 8:30 a.m. today.