Carjacking suspect: They’re after me, they’re going to kill me

Man accused of hit and runs in stolen cars is arraigned

Staff photo by Dean Shalhoup Anthony Plourde, the Manchester man accused of car-jacking two vehicles and causing several crashes Tuesday afternoon before being arrested in Hudson, sits with Attorney Amanda Steenhuis, his public defender, at his Wednesday arraignment in Hillsborough County Superior Court South.

NASHUA – Carjacking suspect Anthony Plourde told police he embarked on the frenzied, three-hour spree of alleged carjackings and hit-and-run crashes Tuesday morning because he needed “to cause a scene” in order to stop the people who were trying to kill him and his family, according to police reports.

Plourde, 22, was arraigned Wednesday in Hillsborough

County Superior Court South on a slew of felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from the series of incidents, which began around 9 a.m. with an alleged unsuccessful carjacking in Manchester and ended with his arrest just after noontime near the intersection of Central Street and Belknap Road in Hudson.

Judge Charles Temple arraigned Plourde on two sets of charges – those filed by Manchester police in the court’s Northern Division, and those that Hudson police filed in the Southern

Division.

Those filed by Manchester police include one count of armed robbery, a Class A felony; two counts of theft, Class B felonies; and one count each of simple assault and conduct after an accident, Class A misdemeanors.

The Hudson charges include one count of receiving stolen property, value in excess of $1,501, Class A felony; one count each of reckless conduct – deadly weapon and conduct after accident – injury or death resulting, Class B felonies; one count of conduct after accident, Class A misdemeanor; and one count of driving while intoxicated, Class B misdemeanor.

Reports filed by Manchester police state that Derry police contacted them to report a vehicle matching the description of the second vehicle Plourde allegedly carjacked – a gray Ford Escape – had just been involved in two hit-and-run crashes in Derry.

It wasn’t immediately known if Derry police filed charges, or plan to do so, in those incidents. If so, Plourde would be arraigned in either Derry district court or Rockingham County Superior Court.

Meanwhile, Temple, after hearing from the prosecutor, Assistant County Attorney Kent Smith, and Attorney Amanda Steenhuis, a public defender representing Plourde, ordered his $50,000 cash only bail continued.

Both parties agreed on the bail amount and conditions pending Plourde’s next court hearing, which could either be a

bail hearing or a pre-trial conference.

Smith, the prosecutor, told the court that police described Plourde at the time of his arrest as “delusional,” and that he repeatedly voiced his fears that “people were trying to kill him.

“He was on some kind of substance when he was arrested,” Smith added.

Hudson Master Patrol Officer Cassandra Avery, who arrested Plourde, stated in her report that Plourde “was making furtive gestures … continuously moving his hands and reaching toward his pockets and belt line” when she approached him.

He was also “speaking extremely fast … (and) asking me for a drink of alcohol,” Avery wrote.

Plourde gave Avery permission to “pat him down” for any weapons, she wrote, and while she was doing so Plourde “continuously stated that ‘they’re after me … I’m going to get killed … they are going to kill my family.'”

Avery said the department had just received information from Manchester regarding the stolen Ford Escape, which she said she noticed in a snowbank on the side of Central Street.

When she asked Plourde about the vehicle, he allegedly told her “it’s not mine,” and gave Avery the owner’s name. She asked if they were friends; Plourde said no, saying he saw the owner’s name on the registration in the vehicle. “I kicked that (expletive) out of the car and (expletive) took it,” he allegedly told Avery.

That vehicle was the second that Plourde allegedly carjacked, Manchester police said. The first was a Hyndai Elantra he allegedly stole while the owner, a 75-year-old woman, was clearing it of snow.

Police said Plourde promptly crashed that vehicle into a storefront on South Main Street, then fled on foot, allegedly in search of another vehicle.

That turned out to be the Ford Escape, which the owner and her 12-year-old daughter were sitting in when Plourde approached.

He allegedly ordered them out of the vehicle; the driver said his actions made her “extremely scared … and worried about her daughter,” police wrote. She then pushed her daughter from the car and got out herself.

Police said the department began receiving multiple calls reporting the Ford Escape being operated in an erratic manner in the area of the Queen City Bridge.

Plourde reportedly continued on to Derry, where he allegedly hit the two vehicles, then headed for Hudson. Upon reaching the intersection of Central and Greeley streets, police said, Plourde allegedly crashed into two vehicles and kept going, leaving behind a mess of snarled vehicles and stunned motorists.

One driver was taken to a local hospital for treatment of a shoulder injury, police said.

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