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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Nashua man charged after Merrimack hit-and-run crash, manhunt

By DEAN SHALHOUP
Staff Writer

MERRIMACK – A 22-year-old Nashua man out on bail following a Nov. 18 arrest for robbery and domestic violence was arrested again Tuesday, this time at the end of a roughly hourlong manhunt by state and local police.

Reynardo Dejesus Rodriguez Placencia, of 107 1/2 Ash St., Apt. 0, was taken into custody around noontime after several officers surrounded him near the Horseshoe Pond condominium complex, Merrimack Lt. Denise Roy said. ...

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MERRIMACK – A 22-year-old Nashua man out on bail following a Nov. 18 arrest for robbery and domestic violence was arrested again Tuesday, this time at the end of a roughly hourlong manhunt by state and local police.

Reynardo Dejesus Rodriguez Placencia, of 107 1/2 Ash St., Apt. 0, was taken into custody around noontime after several officers surrounded him near the Horseshoe Pond condominium complex, Merrimack Lt. Denise Roy said.

The search for Placencia began around 10:40 a.m., when officers were called to Dunkin’ Donuts at 308 Daniel Webster Highway for a report of a hit-and-run crash, and learned that the driver had fled the scene on foot.

Placencia was charged with one count each of conduct after an accident and breach of bail conditions, along with two counts of resisting arrest, police said.

He was booked at police headquarters, then jailed on $20,000 cash bail pending arraignment, which is scheduled for Wednesday morning in Merrimack district court.

Numerous state and Merrimack police, along with Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies, converged just before 11 a.m. on the small plaza, which Dunkin’ Donuts shares with a True Blue Cleaners store.

Several witnesses provided a description of the driver, which police broadcast to other Merrimack officers and to neighboring police departments.

The car, a black Honda Civic, appeared to be headed south on Daniel Webster Highway when, for reasons that are still under investigation, it jumped the curb at the Dunkin’ Donuts entrance, crossed a small grassy median and crashed into a Toyota pickup truck that was parked in the first parking space.

Roughly 30 minutes into the search, all involved units headed to the East Ridge Village apartment and condo complex, roughly a quarter mile north of the crash scene, after a resident reported seeing a suspicious man emerge from the woods and run north through the parking lot.

The woman, whose name wasn’t immediately available, described him as fairly tall and thin with bushy hair, which matched the description of the suspect later identified as Placencia.

State and local police, and the K-9 unit, relocated to East Ridge, spreading out through the complex and its surrounds. The dog took officers north, past various businesses, then across Daniel Webster Highway toward the area where the officers would soon spot Placencia.

Meanwhile, the breach of bail charge stems from Placencia’s arrest the night of Nov. 18, when he was charged with one count each of armed robbery, false imprisonment and domestic violence-related simple assault.

His bail conditions included staying out of trouble, which he violated by being arrested Tuesday.

The alleged victim in the Nov. 18 incident told police that she knows Placencia, and that he allegedly assaulted and restrained her, then took her cellphone, according to reports.

Police confirmed Placencia as the suspect in the assault incident by reviewing images from nearby security cameras. They subsequently issued a warrant for his arrest and took him into custody.

Bail had been set at $5,000 cash or surety, which he apparently posted at some point between then and Tuesday.

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