By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — A Bay Street man is being held on $100,000 cash only after threatening to blow up the Laconia Police Department early Thursday morning.
Police said Warren Bears, 45, while at his home at 54A Bay St., also threatened to slice his ex-wife's throat, as well as threatened to blow up the house, in which a different man and a young child also live.
Affidavits obtained from the Belknap County Superior Court said police were notified of the planned attack by Bears' ex-wife who called them at 2:05 a.m. to report a disturbance.
When police arrived on Bay Street, the saw two men outside the home. One was standing in the driveway and the second one was sitting in the driver's seat of a car and had his young child in the back seat.
Bears was the man standing outside the car and he surrendered as soon as police told him to. The man in the car, "J.E.," was ordered to get out.
J.E. told police that during the argument Bears was having with his ex-wife, he heard Bears make the threats toward Bears' ex-wife that also included blowing up the house. He said he had returned back inside the house to get his child and was trying to get both of them to safety.
Police found several knives, including a machete and a scythe, a propane tank and a beer bottle filled with gasoline with a fixed wick.
"(The threat) had a lot of potential," said Capt. Matt Canfield who said that Bears' plan was to release the valve on a propane tank in the car and light a Molotov cocktail as he was driving into the building.
Canfield said that because police were able to get officers to Bay Street, which is less than a quarter of a mile away from the police station, before Bears could leave, there was no reason to evacuate the station.
Canfield added that even though there are cement posts in front of the station, it was nonetheless a very dangerous threat.
Bears faces four separate criminal charges including unlawful use of explosives for his threats to J.E. and his child; being a felon in possession of a deadly weapon, which is the machete; using a Molotov cocktail; and felony level domestic violence criminal threatening for his threats to his ex-wife.
He entered a not guilty plea Thursday afternoon and reserved his right for a bail hearing.
- Category: Local News
- Hits: 628