By MICHAEL KITCH, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — The Concord man arrested earlier this week on felony charges of armed robbery and kidnapping arising from an incident that began on Cottage Street last Sunday night faces two further charges of robbery and criminal threatening, both felonies.
James Lemmond, 32, of Holt Street, Concord, waived arraignment in Belknap County Superior Court on Wednesday afternoon and remains in Belknap County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail.
Lemmond is accused of forcing a woman into a GMC Terrain on Cottage Street, threatening her with a handgun and stealing her cash and cell phone in the vicinity of 40 Cottage St. Allegedly holding a gun to her head, he drove to Academy Street, where he forced her out of the vehicle at gunpoint. She fled on foot and was met by her boyfriend, Brian Norris.
The Terrain was found abandoned on Monroe Street in Concord by Concord police. Capt. Matt Canfield of the Laconia Police said that neither a gun nor drugs were found when the vehicle was searched.
Following the report of the incident, which occurred amid what police called a "disturbance" at 40 Cottage St., police began an intensive investigation to identify and locate the victim of the alleged kidnapping. On Monday, Detectives Dan Carsen and Kendra Neri spotted a silver Mazda 6, registered to Norris, in the parking lot at the Landmark Inn, which Neri remembered seeing at a drug house in the city the week before. The detectives confirmed that Norris, who was wanted for a parole violation, was a guest staying room 417. They contacted the Probation Office and together with Probation and Parole Office Seifu Regassa went to the room where they found Norris and a woman, who was the victim of the alleged kidnapping.
A search of Norris and his belongings found a significant amount of methamphetamine along with heroin and prescription pills and drug paraphernalia. Norris was arrested an charged with several drug offenses, including possession of a narcotic drug (methamphetamine) with intent to distribute. Norris, 31, a transient with a last known address of 477 White Oaks Road, Unit 2, Barnstead, is being held in Belknap County Jail in lieu of $50,000 following his arraignment in Belknap County Superior Court on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, police interviewed the woman, whose information led to the arrest of Lemmond at his place of work in Concord on Tuesday morning. On Wednesday, when Lemmond was scheduled to be arraigned, Assistant Belknap County Attorney Roni Karnis asked the court to seal the affidavit containing the details of the investigation leading to his arrest, including the interview with the victim. She told the court that disclosure of the information could jeopardize an ongoing investigation and compromise the defendant's right to a fair trial.
Canfield said on Thursday that police are continuing to investigate drug trafficking associated with the alleged kidnapping and armed robbery as well as the disturbance at 40 Cottage St., explained that police believe the two incidents are related and both involved drugs.
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