State Troopers Arrest Franklin Man

Mark Charles was arrested on April 25, 2014. Credit: NH State Police
Mark Charles was arrested on April 25, 2014. Credit: NH State Police

On April 25th, at approximately 9:42 a.m. a multi-agency investigation led by the NH State Police was initiated on Couchtown Road in the town of Warner in an attempt to apprehend two suspects who fled into the woods after a theft attempt at a remote business establishment was interrupted by the property owner. The approximate 5-hour search was spearheaded by State Police K9 units with the additional assistance of the Special Enforcement Unit aircraft which was diverted from speed enforcement duties at the time of call. 

One suspect was eventually flushed from the woods with the assistance of a passing motorist that witnessed him acting suspiciously and hiding behind a tree near a canoe launch before said suspect ran deeper into the woods when the motorist stopped and asked if he needed help. A short time later, the suspect was intercepted in the area over the town line in Salisbury by a patrolling State Trooper and taken into custody. The suspect was identified as Mark Charles, 31 of Franklin.  Charles was charged with Criminal Trespassing and Attempted Theft. He was released on $4,000 personal recognizance bail with a court date of June 26, 2014 in the Hillsborough District Court.

Anyone with information related to this incident is encouraged to call SGT Ronald Taylor or Tr. Irwin Malilay of the NH State Police, Troop D Barracks in Concord at 603-271-3636.


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