MANCHESTER —The man who prompted police to surround a home in Laconia last week has been arrested by Manchester police.
Robert Shawn Audette, 26, wanted by Laconia Police on charges of criminal threatening and felon in possession of a firearm following the stand-off at 20 Jewett St. last week, was arrested Tuesday night.
Prosecutor Jim Sawyer said yesterday that Manchester police arrested Audette on charges other than those for which he was wanted by Laconia police. He added that yesterday two Laconia officers traveled to Manchester, where Audette is being held at the Valley Street Jail, and arrested him on the charges arising from the incident in Laconia. Sawyer said Audette will be arraigned in Manchester and by video in Laconia this morning at 10 a.m.
Police allege that Audette pointed a firearm at another man while they and others were in an apartment at 20 Jewett St. around noon on Tuesday, Oct. 27. The incident prompted police to cordon off the neighborhood, evacuate nearby homes and surround the building then spend much of the afternoon urging the suspect to surrender. Ultimately, a heavily armed team of the Belknap County Special Operations Group entered the building amid a cloud of tear gas only to find no one inside. But, police searching the apartment found a shotgun and several rounds of ammunition. Police believe Audette fled before reached the scene.
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