LACONIA — A man who was allegedly involved in a Oct. 29 home invasion and burglary was arrested by city police last night and is being held on $15,000 cash or corporate surety.
Scott Perrault, 27, of 310 Mechanic St. turned himself into Laconia Police after being told there was a warrant for his arrest. He is charged with once count of armed robbery.
Kenneth Dukette, 22, of Dewey St., who is Perrault's half-brother, was charged with his role in the the alleged crime and was indicted last week by a Belknap County grand jury for four counts of kidnapping — each for both victims — theft by unauthorized taking, armed robbery, burglary, and criminal threatening.
According to affidavits obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division, city police initially responded to a North Main Street apartment building and found a handcuffed man as well as woman victim whose wrists had been bound with a telephone charger cord.
The male victim said told police Dukette, who he knows, and Perrault, who he said he didn't know, broke into his apartment and ordered him to open a safe from which the two stole a gun and some money.
Police soon stopped Dukette's car and found two Airsoft handguns, two pair of gloves. They said one of the Airsoft guns appeared to have what was dried blood on it, which is consistent with the victim telling police Dukette hit him with his fists and with one of the guns.
Police said they learned Perrault's identity when they interviewed Dukette after his arrest and he told them his half-brother had gone into the house with him that day.
According to affidavits, Perrault went to the Laconia Police station on Nov. 15 and spoke with a detective and admitted his role.
Perrault told the detective that he and Dukette went to the victim's house to buy some drugs but when they went into the apartment, Dukette told the victim to "give us your (explicative)."
Perrault stated to police that the victim "gets robbed all the time," that he is "a little guy," and "that's what happens in the drug game."
In court yesterday, City Prosecutor Jim Sawyer argued that Perrault's role in the alleged home invasion was a serious one and asked that he be held on $15,000 cash bail.
Public Defender Steve Mirkin argued that Perrault had cooperated with police, had turned himself in when notified of the warrant for his arrest, and had not fled the area after his November 15 interview with police.
Judge Jim Carroll set bail for Perrault at $15,000 cash or corporate surety.
Dukette is being held on $100,000 cash-only bail. Following a recent bail review hearing in the Belknap County Superior Court, Judge James O'Neill continued the $100,000 cash-only bail.