MILTON — A local man apprehended in Rochester Monday afternoon is facing a number of charges for an incident during which he allegedly chased his wife around their back yard with a loaded shotgun.
Richard E. Roy III, 26, of 890 White Mountain Highway Apt. 1, remains in county jail on $25,000 cash bail following his arraignment in Rochester District Court Tuesday. He was arrested the evening before in Rochester following a "be on the lookout" broadcast to area police during an investigation into a domestic disturbance in Milton.
Milton Police responded to Roy's home Monday afternoon following a 911 hang-up from the residence and a second call from a neighbor who reported hearing screaming and sounds of items being thrown, according to a police affidavit filed with the court.
Assistant County Attorney Dorothy Walch said during Roy's video arraignment alcohol and the fact Roy's wife is attempting to leave him were possible triggers for the incident.
Court documents indicate the disturbance featured Roy placing his wife in danger of serious bodily injury by allegedly chasing her across the back yard with a shotgun. The woman believed the weapon was loaded and saw Roy remove a shell as he drove away from the home with a friend, the affidavit said.
Walch said Rochester police found the gun and a single shotgun shell when they arrested Roy.
During the altercation with his wife, police allege he also threw a chair that just sailed over the head of his 22-month-old child, Walch said.
Other charges allege he pushed his wife into a fence and caused bruising when he grabbed her wrist. Walch said he allegedly removed three fuses from his wife's 1997 Plymouth Voyager so she could not leave the residence and smashed a telephone and ripped its cord from the modem so she could not call police.
In total, Roy is facing a felony for criminal threatening with a deadly weapon and misdemeanors of endangering the welfare of a child, criminal mischief, false imprisonment, obstructing the report of a crime and two counts of simple assault.
Roy entered no plea to the felony in court on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanors.
Walch requested $25,000 cash bail with conditions Roy be monitored by Strafford County Community Corrections with a GPS and sobriety-measuring device if he posts.