By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — Two men who are alleged to have committed a home invasion at 93 Church St. Apt. B Tuesday night tied up at least one of the victims with duct tape, threatened him with a gun, and stole his money and his sneakers.
This is the second home invasion in as many weeks in Laconia but Capt. Matt Canfield told WMUR News that police don't believe the two are connected.
Zachary Estevez, 19, of 38 Pearl St. waived his arraignment and agreed to $50,000 cash or $100,000 corporate surety.
Ryan W. Chase, 20, of 193 Moultonborough Neck Road in Moultonborough appeared in court, where his attorney argued unsuccessfully that the police had insufficient cause to arrest his client. He is being held on $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 corporate surety.
Both men are charged with one count each of armed robbery, one count each of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, and one count each of burglary in the night time, which, if either is convicted, carries an enhanced penalty.
Affidavits obtained from the Belknap County Superior Court said a witness called them at 8:24 p.m. to report that he saw two men dressed in dark clothing accosting two other men in one of his apartments. He told police that he saw and heard two men yelling at the men in the apartment, telling them to get down and screaming at them "Where is the (stuff)? Where is the (stuff)?"
He reported they fled down Church Street toward CVS.
A Laconia officer interviewed two people on Howard Street, one of whom said he saw two men, one wearing a white shirt, run through his back yard and into the basement of 33 Howard St. The second said he saw the victims go to a vehicle and that one of them took off a dark sweatshirt.
One male victim said he was trussed with duct tape and hit in the head with a "pistol." He said his assailants stole $800.
Police noticed in plain view a black sweatshirt in the car, seized it, had it towed to the Laconia Police Station where they obtained a warrant and searched it. They also got a warrant for the apartment at 93 Church St.
Laconia Police cordoned off the area and Gilford Police responded with a K-9 and his handler and tracked the two to a basement at 33 Howard St. Chase and Estevez were arrested. Affidavits said Chase had a set of keys on him that belonged to a car found on Howard Street while Estevez had a receipt for single purchase of duct tape from Walmart in Gilford dated Aug. 2 and time stamped for 6:26 p.m.
Affidavits said the car was registered to Chase and police found a Walmart bag with a piece of duct tape on it. They also found a black shirt, a pair of black pants, and a ceramic bowl with what appeared to be marijuana residue in the car. In the trunk, the said they found $373 in cash, a sizable bag of what police believe to be marijuana and a pair of Air Jordan sneakers believed to belong to one of the victims.
As of 6:31 p.m. Wednesday, both men were still being held in the Belknap County House of Corrections.
Police blocked traffic for some time Tuesday night around Church Street while they searched for three people believed to be involved in a home invasion. (Courtesy photo)