Hudson man charged with arson

HUDSON – A 29-year-old Hudson man with a history of domestic violence arrests and threats of violence against police officers and their family members is now charged with arson, and remains in jail on high bail pending his return to court on March 1.

Bryan R. Huntress, most recently of 53 Mobile Drive, which is in the Hudson Mobile Estates mobile home park off Kimball Hill Road, was arrested around 9:30 p.m. Thursday after his mother, who owns the home, called police reporting "her son was out of control and may be damaging the home," police said.

Arriving officers found the mobile home "filling with black smoke" and began banging on the door, according to police.

Huntress’s mother told the officers the two were arguing, and that she left because she "feels unsafe" when her son "gets mad."

The blaze reportedly started in her room, to which Huntress is not allowed access, she told police.

"Due to the location of the fire, (she) stated she felt it was set intentionally," police wrote.

After his arrest, Huntress was jailed overnight and arraigned Friday in Nashua district court in what appears to have been a fairly tumultuous proceeding conducted via video conference from Valley Street jail.

Judge Paul S. Moore modified Huntress’s original $25,000 cash bail to $100,000 cash or surety, noting in his bail orders that releasing Huntress would likely present a danger to others and the community as well as to himself.

Huntress is "a high risk (for) release due to (his) erratic and aggressive behavior," Moore wrote.

He described Huntress as "extremely belligerent" during his arraignment, including "shouting derogatory comments … lots of racial slurs to officers" and "banging on walls, cell bars and spitting in the cells," Moore wrote.

Likewise, Hudson police noted in reports that Huntress was "uncooperative" at police headquarters to the extent that they were required to place him in a padded cell "for his safety and the safety of others."

Meanwhile, Hudson Officer Tyler S. Toney said in his report that he watched through a window as Huntress came from the back of the residence to the door.

"Upon answering the door, (Huntress) confirmed that the house was on fire," Toney wrote.

He said officers put Huntress, who he said "appeared to be impaired," in handcuffs for the time being. While patting him down, another officer located a cigarette lighter in his pocket.

Huntress at some point allegedly told police he may have started the fire with a lit cigarette. "It was probably an accident," he said.

In October 2015, Hudson police had a similarly violent encounter with Huntress, in which he ended up being charged with multiple offenses that began with an attempt by police to arrest him on a breach of bail charge.

Huntress, according to reports at the time, bolted when police approached the same Mobile Drive home he is now accused of setting on fire.

He was apprehended a short time later, but upon arrival at police headquarters he reportedly launched into a tirade laced with threats to police, including a demand to one officer that if he didn’t "make the charges go away," he’d rape the officer’s mother and "expletive- up" his brother.

He was also charged with assault for spitting on and head-butting an officer, along with resisting arrest, criminal mischief and obstructing government administration for interfering with the booking process and damaging windows in the department’s padded cell.

Moore, the judge, noted in last week’s bail order that Huntress was ultimately sentenced to 1 1/2-3 years in Valley Street jail, all of which was deferred for one year.

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