LACONIA — Police have confirmed that the man held in Belknap County Jail after allegedly loosing two shots into a Meredith residence last Sunday morning was also involved in a bizarre incident on Pleasant Street five days earlier.
Jesse Lohman, 33, of Lempster was held in lieu of $100,000 cash bail following his arraignment this week on charges of reckless conduct, being a felon in possession of a firearm and receiving stolen property — all felonies — arising from the incident in Meredith.
Meanwhile, Lieutenant Richard Simmons said yesterday that Lohman is the man a homeowner found in his driveway when he returned to his home on Pleasant Street in Laconia around 11 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21. Lohman, who he did not know, told him someone had broken into the back door of his home around 5:30 p.m. that same day and he entered the home after a neighbor advised him that the homeowner was away.
The homeowner, accompanied by Lohman, went to the police station at 11:18 p.m. where he explained he returned home to discover that Lohman had raised two windows, run an extension cord outside and was charging a cell phone. He also had belongings on the front porch and a bag in the front hall of the house. Police searched the house, but found no one. Statements were taken from both men, who were also fingerprinted. Lohman was not detained, but an investigation was begun.
Five days later Lohman was arrested in Meredith after appearing at a home on Corliss Hill Road in search of a woman. Told he had come to the wrong house, he returned to his vehicle, a Toyota Rav4 stolen from the Circle K in New Hampton, and, allegedly fired two rounds through the screen door while the homeowner and his wife were inside. The couple fled to safety and called the police, who took Lohman into custody without further incident. When he was arrested police seized a firearm, magazines, loose rounds, two knives and a hypodermic needle containing what officers believed was methamphetamine.
Prosecutor Jim Sawyer said yesterday that Lohman has not yet been arrested and charged in connection with the incident on Pleasant Street. He is next scheduled to appear in 4th Circuit Court-Laconia Division for a probable cause with respect to the charges filed by Meredith police hearing on Tuesday, August 4.
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