By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — A local man convicted for criminal threatening in the summer of 2015 and released from jail in October has been arrested by the Belknap County Sheriff's Office for allegedly failing to abide by any of the terms of his probation.
The sheriff's department said Chad O'Connor, 24, had never reported to the Laconia Office of the New Hampshire Division of Probation and Parole since his release from the Belknap County House of Corrections. He had allegedly not registered any address, either.
O'Connor threatened a women at her home on McGrath Street in May of 2015 by allegedly waiving a gun in front of the camera that was recording the outside of her home. During the prosecution, the Belknap County Attorney's officer dropped the gun charges in exchange for a guilty plea for criminal threatening and a sentence of one year with four months suspended pending good behavior. With 128 days of time served and the four months that were suspended, he was released in October.
After the incident on McGrath Street, police searched for O'Connor for four days. He was spotted by them a few times but managed to elude them. At one point, he was in an apartment on Fair Street but escaped through a back window while the resident of the apartment building held up the police for just enough time for him to get away.
He was caught on May 11 by a city patrol officer after a foot chase. No gun was recovered.
In 2014, O'Conner jumped into the Winnipesaukee River in an attempt to evade police who wanted to talk to him about a domestic violence incident on Fair Street. When told to come back to shore, he did, but didn't have a vest he had been wearing. Police and firefighters searched the river for the vest but never found it. Police believed at the time there was some evidence in it.
On Wednesday, the sheriff's department said it received information that O'Connor was staying at a home on Blueberry Lane, where he was arrested without incident.
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