Manchester man accused of downtown Laconia mugging

LACONIA — A Manchester man is being held on $5,000 cash-only bail after allegedly robbing a man who was walking down Main Street early yesterday morning.

Christopher Skinner, 18, of 349 Walnut St. in Manchester is charged with one count of robbery and one count of making a false report to police for lying about his identity by telling an arresting officer he was Christopher Matthews and giving her a false birth date.

Police affidavits obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division said that Skinner followed the male victim down Main Street and at one point told him to "stop walking."

Police said the victim kept walking but Skinner allegedly grabbed his left arm and told him to empty his pockets. The victim said he didn't have any money on him.

Skinner allegedly told a man who was with him (later identified as Thomas Carroll) to "get the Glock on him." The victim told police he swung his arm at Skinner in self defense but missed. He said Skinner allegedly tried to hit him but the victim was able to block his punch with his arm.

Skinner allegedly told the victim that he and Thomas Carroll were going wherever he was going. Carroll apparently fled during the robbery.

Police said the entire incident was witnessed by a clerk at the Landmark Inn, who said she saw the victim walking down the street and that he was being followed by two men — one of whom was wearing a red shirt with blue pants.

When she saw the man in the red shirt push the victim, she called the police.

Affidavits said the clerk said Thomas Carroll came into the Landmark Inn and told her that he was with some one named "Jason" who had tried to rob someone. Carroll told the clerk he was hiding from police, who later found him on Main Street.

Skinner appeared by video yesterday morning. Judge Jim Carroll ordered that if he posted bail he was to live at 104 Pleasant St. in Meredith and report daily to the Meredith police.

Thomas Carroll didn't appear in court yesterday. The city prosecutor said he was too drunk to appear and was being held under guard at Lakes Region General Hospital until he was sober enough to go to counseling.

The prosecutor said there is a bench warrant breach of bail for Thomas Carroll's arrest and his is expected to appear this morning in circuit court.