Convicted felon facing new charges; Police nab Hudson man in robbery, assault

HUDSON – Joshua Smith, a 32-year-old Hudson man with a lengthy history of burglary, theft and armed robbery arrests – and at least one felony conviction – is back in custody again, this time on allegations that he pulled a knife intending to rob three people late Saturday night, police said Monday.

Smith, of 5 Dana Court, Apt. 22, was jailed on $100,000 cash bail pending arraignment, which was scheduled for Tuesday morning in Nashua district court.

Arraignment was initially set for Monday, but the snowstorm forced the court to remain closed for the day.

The charges lodged against Smith include one count of armed robbery, a Class A felony; two counts of criminal threatening, Class B felonies; and one count each of convicted felons, a Class B felony, and simple assault, a Class A misdemeanor.

The convicted felons charge accuses Smith of possessing a knife while committing a crime after having been previously convicted of a felony.

Police said the series of incidents that led to Smith’s arrest began shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday, when officers were called to the parking lot of Main Street Marketplace, 300 Main St., after receiving a report that a person had been threatened with a knife.

Police said Smith is a suspect in three assaults that they said took place during the course of Saturday evening.

Two of the incidents occurred at 300 Main St., while the third took place in the parking lot of a car wash at 204 Daniel Webster Highway, police said.

The alleged victim of the first incident told police that a man punched him in the face, then brandished a knife and ordered the victim to "roll his pockets," police said.

Next, the suspect allegedly went up to a car that was parked in the 300 Main St. lot, approached a man sitting inside and allegedly held a knife to his neck. Police didn’t say whether the suspect allegedly robbed, or tried to rob, the man.

A short time later, the suspect allegedly brandished the knife "and walked aggressively toward" a man at 204 Daniel Webster Highway, but "no physical contact was made," police said.

None of the alleged victims required medical treatment, police added.

Investigators contacted Hudson police, and officers from both departments located Smith around 12:30 a.m. Sunday and took him into custody. They didn’t say where Smith was arrested, except that it was somewhere in Hudson.

Smith’s criminal record includes a string of arrests throughout 2012, the most notable of which occurred in mid-August of that year when he and two other men were identified as suspects in a rash of burglaries that occurred in 25 towns.

The three were arrested by Litchfield police in the early morning hours of Aug. 16 while allegedly burglarizing a convenience store on Charles Bancroft Highway.

In November 2012, Smith was in Valley Street jail in Manchester when police arrested him on a warrant charging him with the April 2012 armed robbery of a downtown Nashua restaurant.

He was also charged at that time with burglarizing a Nashua business, as well as with fraudulent use of a credit card.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, or @Telegraph_DeanS.