A 65-year-old Concord man has been indicted on multiple felony charges after the police said he tried to kidnap his stepdaughter by spraying her in the face with WD-40 while wearing a Scream mask.
The police said Hector L. Martin of 21½ West Street, was scratching on his stepdaughter's door just before midnight Oct. 29.
When Denise Young opened the door, all she saw before being sprayed in the eyes was a masked man, the police said. With Young debilitated, the man forced himself into the home, the police said. As she fought back, screaming for help, she saw the man drop a bag on the floor with duct tape, rope and a small, black folding knife, according to a police affidavit on file at Franklin District Court.
The police said Martin fled the scene after the scuffle, leaving behind bloodstains on the floor. Young told the police she watched Martin run from the apartment complex and was able to give the police his license plate number.
Franklin officers put out an alert to neighboring departments, warning them to be on the lookout for Martin. The Northfield police found his car minutes later just south of Exit 19. Once in police custody, Martin said he was depressed and upset because Young had chosen to spend time with a boyfriend instead of him, according to the affidavit.
"Martin explained the presence of the duct tape, rope and folding knife as being used to repair Young's vehicle exhaust, build a clothes line and trim his fingernails," Franklin police Chief David Goldstein wrote in the affidavit.
Martin was originally charged with burglary and released on bail, according to court records. But a Merrimack County grand jury upped the charges against him, according to indictments handed down this month. Martin now stands charged with attempted kidnapping, a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison; burglary, punishable by 3½ to seven years in prison; and two misdemeanor counts of simple assault.