Tamworth man charged with armed robbery of $396 from Lakeport market

LACONIA — A Tamworth man accused of an armed robbery at a Lakeport convenience store has been held on $50,000 cash bail after appearing in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division yesterday.

Affidavits obtained from court yesterday said Joseph W. Desbien, 41, of Union Hall Road #1 was initially arrested Tuesday at 8:20 p.m. in an apartment on Union Avenue because he was wanted on an open warrant for possession of heroin.

Police said they learned Desbien was at the apartment and during his subsequent interrogation admitted he robbed the store.

Complaints said Desbien entered the P&P Market at 3:57 p.m. on Sunday and threatened the clerk with a knife. He allegedly robbed her of $396.62 from the cash drawer and is charged with one count of armed robbery.

A probable cause hearing is scheduled for both cases for later this month.