4 tires slashed; Laconia man charged

LACONIA — A Dixon Street man is charged with criminal mischief for allegedly slashing all four tires of a Mitsubishi Lancer while it was parked on Batchelder Street.

Robert Huffer, 27, of 6 Dixon St. is charged with going to the Batchelder Street home, slashing the tires, and then sending threatening text messages to a woman who is friends with the victim.

When the woman reported the threats to city police, an officer went to Batchelder Street and saw the Lancer with all four tires slashed. The owner of the car said he arrived at Batchelder Street just before 11 p.m. and noticed the tires were flat at 3 a.m. that morning, when police arrived.

Huffer is also charged with one count of stalking for allegedly sending repeated text messages on August 4 and August 5 to the woman regarding the victim's car.

Police arrested Huffer on Monday at the Belknap County House of Corrections where he is incarcerated for an unrelated charge.

He appeared by video in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division on Tuesday. Judge Jim Carroll told him to have no contact with the tire-slashing victim and to only have contact with the female victim if she agrees to visit him in jail. He was ordered held on $200 cash bail.