LACONIA — A Manchester Street man is being held on $10,000 cash-only bail for allegedly threatening his mother with a loaded handgun after his video appearance in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division yesterday.
Police affidavits said police went to Manchester Street Sunday at 11:47 a.m. to assist a woman who told authorities Adam Bentley, 28, of the same address, had assaulted her by strangling her and tossing her to the floor.
While she was on the phone with police, she said she looked up to the top of the stairs and saw he had a black handgun pointed at her. She hid in the kitchen until police arrived.
When police arrived, they saw Bentley moving away from the house. The responding officer said he was moving quickly and was talking on the phone. Affidavits said he dropped a 4-inch hunting knife when he saw the officer.
In court, Laconia Prosecutor Jim Sawyer said the victim told police her son may have been considering "suicide by cop." Sawyer was seeking $20,000 cash bail.
Police affidavits said they found a .380 handgun in Bentley's bedroom. The gun had two bullets in the magazine and one in the chamber.
Public Defender Justin Littlefield said there may be some element of self-defense involved, and his client denies the incident unfolded the way police said it did. He noted that Bentley dropped the knife immediately upon seeing a police officer, giving no credence to the "suicide by cop" statements.
Littlefield said $20,000 was punitive and Bentley has no criminal record.
Judge Jim Carroll ordered that he be held on cash bail but that if he gets a bed in a secure residential treatment facility, the cash bail can be reverted to personal recognizance.
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