• GILFORD — A local woman is fortunate to have escaped serious physical harm over the weekend when her estranged boyfriend allegedly held her handcuffed in her Annis Drive home for nearly 16 hours at gunpoint.
Police and affidavits said at some point the woman was able to get the gun away from Russell Holliday, 56, of 2644 Lakeshore Road, and hide it in her boot. She was later able to escape when she convinced him to let her go outside and have a cigarette.
Lt. Kris Kelley said the woman left her home in Holliday's car and made it to the police station. Affidavits said she had red marks on her wrists consistent with being held in handcuffs, and gave to police a .22 caliber loaded handgun that had a bullet in the chamber.
Holliday was charged with kidnapping, being a felon in possession of a weapon, criminal threatening, and reckless conduct. He is being held at the Belknap County House of Corrections on $100,000 cash-only bail.
Affidavits said the incident began around 11 a.m. on Saturday and lasted until 3 a.m. Sunday when she escaped. She told police that she was gradually able to de-escalate the situation and when she got the gun away from him she hid it in her boot.
She also told police Holliday allegedly made a device he could use to hold her in handcuffs. Affidavits said police found a 4-foot by 4-foot piece of lumber with two makeshift "D" rings bolted to it on the floor in the closet along with a chain with Styrofoam covering. Police also found two other lag-bolted "D" rings behind the bed that could "feasibly" have been used to confine her.
During her confinement, the woman told police he made sexual threats toward her.
Once police learned of the incident, they obtained an arrest warrant for Holliday and accompanied the Belknap Regional Special Operations Group to Annis Drive to arrest him. Sheriff Craig Wiggin said the team was there from about 5 a.m. Sunday to 7:30 a.m. when they got the arrest warrant and went to the home only to discover Holliday was gone. He said residents were kept in their homes and away from the area during this time.
Police and special operations group members learned he had gone to a home in Moultonborough. A Gilford Police Detective was able to contact him by phone and convince him to surrender to Moultonborough Police, who had surrounded the home. Holliday was taken into custody without further ado.
Holliday appeared by video in the 4th Circuit Court Monday, where a public defender agreed to $100,000 cash bail and reserved the right to argue bail at the future date.
Belknap County Attorney Melissa Guldbrandsen attended his brief court appearance and later said the case is still under investigation and additional charges could be forthcoming.
Affidavits said Holliday's criminal history spans six states, including Indiana, California, South Carolina, Vermont and Florida. His convictions include unlawful trespass, robbery, battery, evading a police officer with death or injury resulting, forgery, disorderly conduct, interference with liquor investigation, and witness tampering in Laconia.