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Nashua police seen making arrest during motel room raid

NASHUA – A police SWAT team stormed a North End Nashua motel late Tuesday afternoon, reportedly making at least one arrest and possibly detaining one or two additional people.

Details were sketchy Tuesday night as to what the apparent suspect, a young man, was arrested for after he was apprehended when police entered a room at Lillian’s Motel, 188 Concord St., shortly after 5:30 p.m. ...

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NASHUA – A police SWAT team stormed a North End Nashua motel late Tuesday afternoon, reportedly making at least one arrest and possibly detaining one or two additional people.

Details were sketchy Tuesday night as to what the apparent suspect, a young man, was arrested for after he was apprehended when police entered a room at Lillian’s Motel, 188 Concord St., shortly after 5:30 p.m.

The operation – which involved the police department’s Bearcat armored vehicle, its crime scene command post van, and an assortment of marked and unmarked cruisers – targeted a room on the northern side of the motel, a city landmark for generations.

It began when uniformed police officers stopped Concord Street traffic just north and south of the motel. A minute later, the Bearcat and other police vehicles emerged from side streets and took up positions just outside of Lillian’s parking lot.

About a dozen officers in SWAT gear jogged single-file to the room and, on command, launched a “flash-bang” – also called a “stun grenade” – designed to surprise and distract suspects in the first critical seconds of an operation.

Officers were heard shouting commands, after which a woman, her hands on her head, was led from the room while other officers handcuffed the male suspect.

Passers-by and several customers at The Big One ice cream stand across Concord Street from the scene stood staring at the incident unfolding in front of them, some asking if anyone knew what prompted the operation.

A resident of the area said he’s noticed unmarked police cars coming and going from the motel in recent weeks, a possible precursor to Tuesday’s operation.

Police referred questions to the department’s criminal investigation division, members of which weren’t immediately available for comment.

There appeared to be no injuries during the incident. Concord Street was reopened after about 20 minutes.

Additional details will be posted on NashuaTelegraph.com as they become available.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443 or dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Shalhoup on Twitter (@Telegraph_DeanS).