Ossipee man said to have performed striptease on Rte. 3 in Belmont

BELMONT — An Ossipee man gave a Belmont police officer quite a show Tuesday night when he decided to disrobe while being detained on Rte. 3 near Cupples Auto.

Nathan Laracuenti, 23, is charged with one count of indecent exposure and lewdness.

Police affidavits obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division said an officer was on patrol around 10 p.m. when he saw Laracuenti walking along Route 3. He said he appeared to be talking to himself and "seemed to be screaming at the sky."

Once the officer got out of his cruiser to see if Laracuenti was okay, he approached the officer in an aggressive manner and accused him of suspecting he was drunk.

Affidavits said the officer didn't detect any alcohol but said Laracuenti was highly agitated and that he suspected either some kind of mental illness or drug use.

While Laracuenti was yelling at the officer he started taking off his outer clothes and throwing them on the ground and on to the cruiser.

The office told him to stop it as "he was creating a scene" but by this time Laracuenti was shirtless and is said to have told the officer he was on a "mission from God."

When asked for identification, Laracuenti produced a passport and told him that he was from Ossipee.

Police said Laracuenti kept putting his hand in his pockets and the officer kept telling him to take his hands out of his pockets.

At that point, affidavits said Laracuenti began taking off his pants and the officer put him in handcuffs to stop him while he could wait for backup officer to arrive.

When the officer went back to his cruiser to give dispatch the information, Laracuenti allegedly shimmied out of his jeans while he was standing directly in front of the cruiser and was yelling at the officer to look at his private parts.

As the officer got out of his cruiser, Laracuenti began swinging back and forth and screaming at the officer to look at him.

The officer pulled Laracuenti's pants up and placed him in the back of the cruiser.
Police said Laracuenti was uncooperative when they brought him back to the police station for booking.

He was taken to the Belknap County jail and appeared yesterday morning by video. Judge Jim Carroll released him on $1,000 personal recognizance bail.