LACONIA — An area transient faces a variety of charges that range from attempting to commit theft to allegedly assaulting a police sergeant to threatening to shoot one of the officers who brought him to jail.
Police affidavits said Joseph Costello, 23, first came to the attention of police at 6:47 p.m. on Dec. 11 when they were called to Blueberry Lane for two women who said a man was trying to get into her car. She said she was able to get the doors locked.
While filing her report, she saw a man with a coat that was being worn by Costello and pointed him out to the investigating officer who radioed to his sergeant the direction Costello was headed.
The officer said after his sergeant made contact with Costello, he heard him yell out and ran to his assistance. He said Costello was actively resisting the sergeant and was also making furtive movements towards his pockets.
The two officers were able to get Costello into handcuffs and he was searched for weapons. Police found a black case with an uncapped syringe and when asked if he had other needles on him, Costello allegedly said he didn't know while continuing to pull away from them. Police also found a bag with a substance the field tested for crystal methamphetamine.
Police were able to search him to the degree that they were reasonably confident Costello had no more needles. They also found gloves, a flashlight, two pair of sunglasses, a hat and a bandanna on him.
The arresting officer went to get his cruiser and learned that while he was gone, Costello allegedly grabbed the sergeant's right leg with a great deal of force.
Once the officer had Costello in his cruiser, he met two additional people who said Costello had tried to get into their apartment.
Costello was brought to Lakes Region General Hospital to be examined for possible drug ingestion. Once at the hospital, affidavits said Costello raised his foot in the air as if to kick the transporting officer, who said he was able to grab him in a way that prevented him from kicking. Costello said he thought the officer was going to cut off his genitals.
Affidavits said that after Costello was medically cleared by hospital personnel, the arresting officer brought him to the Belknap County House of Corrections. During the transport, the officer said Costello kept asking him for a cigarette and a shot, saying Costello was very agitated.
His report said that Costello continually threatened to "kick his ass" once he got out of jail. When Costello requested the services of a bail commissioner, bail was set at $5,000. Costello continued to struggle with jail officials and told the arresting officer he was "going to put a bullet in his head" once he got out.
Costello has previous convictions for criminal trespass, three for resisting arrest, hindering apprehension, three for simple assault, one for criminal threatening, one for breach of bail, and one for simple assault – domestic violence related.
For his alleged actions on Dec. 11, Costello is facing one count of attempting to commit theft, one count of breach of bail, one count of loitering, one count of disorderly conduct, one count of criminal for threatening, two counts of resisting arrest, one count of simple assault on a police officer, one count of criminal trespass, one count of attempted criminal trespass, one felony count of possession of narcotic drugs and one count of felony "improper influence" or threatening harm to a public servant by saying he "would put a bullet in his head."
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