Alleged armed robber held on $100k bail

LACONIA — The man who allegedly robbed an acquaintance at gunpoint Sunday afternoon was ordered held on $100,000 cash-only bail after appearing in circuit court yesterday afternoon.

Joshua A. McNeil, 31, whose most recent address is given as 239 Winter St. in Brockton, Mass., turned himself into police Monday night.

Police affidavits filed with the court said McNeil told them that he used a BB gun and that he admitted to the arresting officer that he was a heroin addict who had considered getting the police to kill him.

Police said McNeil had gotten a ride from two people he knew slightly but had allegedly pulled a gun near Vista Foods on South Main Street and ordered the passenger out of the car. He told the driver to turn onto Joliet Street where he tried to rob him.

The driver told police in his report that when McNeil realized he didn't have any money, he hit him in the head with the gun.

Both the driver and his passenger were able to pick McNeil out of a line up.

McNeil was represented by Public Defender John Bresaw who reserved the right to argue bail at a future date.