LACONIA – A local man was released on personal recognizance bail after allegedly threatening a local man Tuesday at 7 p.m. with what police described as a 16-inch knife.
Jason Thomas, 30, of Union Avenue is charged with one felony complaint of criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon.
Affidavits obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division said police responded to the intersection of Beacon Street East and Church Street for what was reported as a disturbance with a knife.
Police Chief Christopher Adams was the first responding officer and he was able to convince Thomas to drop the knife and put his hands on his head. A second officer placed Thomas in handcuffs.
Affidavits said Thomas told them that he and one of his friends were invited to the victim's apartment to drink beer, and during that time, Thomas allegedly pulled the knife out of his backpack and allegedly threatened to kill the victim three or four times.
Thomas and his friend left the apartment and the victim followed them down Church Street. Once outside, Thomas allegedly pulled the knife out again and threatened to kill him.
Affidavits and Thomas' attorney Justin Littlefield told the court that Thomas was not mentally stable because he had run out of his medications, and suffers from anxiety, depression and mood disorders.
Thomas allegedly admitted to police that he lost his temper and advanced toward the victim with the knife.
He told Judge Jim Carroll that he meets weekly with his counselor at Genesis Behavioral Health, but the counselor was sick on Tuesday and his meeting had been canceled. He told the court that he had a meeting scheduled for yesterday morning at 11 a.m. and Carroll released him on personal recognizance bail so his aunt could get him to his session on time and get him his medications.
As part of his ruling, Carroll stipulated that Thomas could remain free on personal recognizance bail if he continued with his weekly sessions with Genesis and reported to the court every Tuesday and presented evidence of his sessions and of his progress.
Thomas is not to go anywhere near the victim or his apartment building and is not allowed to drink alcohol or take any non-prescribed drugs. He agreed to allow the police to take all of his knives.
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