Police arrest 2 men wanted in Belmont stabbing case

BELMONT — Police have charged a Laconia man and a former Laconia man with allegedly stabbing two people in an apartment located upstairs from the Lakes Region Dock company at 252 Daniel Webster Highway early yesterday morning.

John J. Drouin, 27, of Laconia is charged with two counts of first-degree assault involving a deadly weapon, and one charge of simple assault. Robert Rama, 21, now of Concord, is charged with one count of criminal liability for another and one count of second degree assault.

The two were located yesterday by Belmont Police working with the US Marshall Joint Fugitive Task Force in an apartment on Union Avenue.

Drouin refused bail and Rama was held on $50,000 cash.

Police are releasing few details of the crime.

A statement they released to the media said police were called to the Daniel Webster Highway address at 1:05 a.m. after receiving a report of a stabbing.

Once they arrived they found two victims. The first is Corey Cromwell of 252 Daniel Webster Highway who police said had multiple stab wounds to his neck, throat, and upper body. He was taken by ambulance to Lakes Regional General Hospital and then transferred to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for treatment.

The second victim was identified as John Hynes of Laconia. Police said he was stabbed in the waist and was transported by a Laconia ambulance to Lakes Region General Hospital.

Police said a third victim, an unidentified female, received a small cut on her hand.

Police said they stopped a car being driven by an unidentified man and woman and impounded the car as evidence. The driver and passenger were not charged and were later released.

Police Chief Mark Lewandoski said yesterday that both Drouin and Rama are known to area police. He said that both victims are expected to survive, but declined to comment further on their injuries.

He said that Cromwell lived in the apartment upstairs and Hynes was visiting him when the stabbing occurred.

A person who works nearby said he had been seeing a lot of traffic coming into and out of the building recently. He said he thought it was unusual because Lakes Region Docks is closed for the season.

When asked what kinds of cars, he said they were mostly just regular cars, meaning nothing extraordinary, but said he did notice two women recently who got into a pretty nice Volkswagen GTI.

"They'd pull in here once, twice, three times, he said. "It's almost like they were watching for something."

The building is owned by Faoud Youssef. His son Josh Youssef said yesterday that he ran his business Same Day Computer from the site but it had been about eight years since he was there.

He said he thinks there are two small apartments upstairs that share a bathroom which is consistent with what Lewandoski described.

While Josh Youssef said he didn't know Cromwell, he said his father had only recently been renting to him and that he came with some good recommendations.

Lewandoski said the case itself is still under investigation but there is no ongoing danger to the general public. Anyone with any information is asked to call Det. Raechel Moulton or Sgt. Adam Hawkins at 527-8350.

Assisting Belmont Police with their investigation are police from Laconia, Tilton, Northfield, Gilford, and the New Hampshire State Police.