LACONIA — A 22-year-old city man was held at the Belknap County Jail last night or charges that he assaulted another young man at a North Main Street apartment and stole a handgun from him. Kenneth B. Dukette of Dewey Street refused bail and will be arraigned this morning in 4th Circuit Court - Laconia Division. He is charged with robbery, first-degree assault, criminal threatening (two counts), criminal restraint (two counts), simple assault and default of bail conditions.
According to a police report, officers responded to a report of a robbery and assault at 1166 North Main Street at 3:51 p.m. on Tuesday. A 26-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman reported that Dukette and another, unknown, male had assaulted the man and threatened the life of both victims with a firearm before stealing at least one firearm, a handgun. Dukeete and his alleged accomplice were said to have fled in a black vehicle with a paper license plate.
Two hours later, an officer spotted the black vehicle on Highland Ave. and followed it out Gilford Ave. and into Gilford. The car was stopped near the Laconia Bypass once other cruisers had arrived and Dukette was taken into custody.
The was no word last night about the identification of the second male suspect.
Police ask that anyone with information about the incident contact them at 524-5252 or contact the Greater Laconia Crime Line at 524-1717.