Police arrest man for allegedly robbing friend at knife point

LACONIA — Police apprehended Paul Mullaney, 27, on Tuesday afternoon  — six days after he allegedly robbed one of his friends at knife point.

Mullaney, who is considered a transient, was wanted by city police for related to an incident reported on October 9.

He was ordered held on $20,000 cash-only bail after his video arraignment in court yesterday morning.

According to affidavits obtained from the 4th circuit Court, Laconia Division, the victim came to the Laconia Police Station at 10:30 p.m. on October 9 and told police Mullaney had robbed him of some money.

The victim told police the two had been together for a while earlier in the evening and during that time, he gave Mullaney $85 and dropped him of at the Cumberland Farm convenience store on Court Street. He said Mullaney called him about five minutes later and asked the victim to pick him back up.

After the victim picked up Mullaney, he said Mullaney pulled a four-inch knife while the two were in the parking lot of the former Little Caesar's Pizza store off Court Street. He told police that Mullaney apologized for robbing him, but said he wanted the money for drugs.

Mullaney stayed off police radar until Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. when Belknap County Deputy Sheriff E. Justin Blanchette spotted and arrested him.

Blanchette brought Mullaney to the Laconia Police Department where he was processed and brought to the Belknap County House of Corrections.

According to a representative at the call center for the N.H. Circuit Courts, Mullaney has numerous prior convictions for a host of misdemeanors and one felony-level burglary. Other prior convictions include DWI, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, operating after suspension, criminal mischief, criminal trespassing, and at least three simple assaults.