Suspect in Nashua armory threats hospitalized

Staff file photo Jeremy Raskiewicz, the Nashua man accused of threatening to blow up the National Guard Armory in Nashua, enters court for a hearing following his arrest Nov. 29. He is currently hospitalized pending another hearing Thursday.

NASHUA – The 38-year-old Nashua man accused of making a series of harassing phone calls to the Nashua National Guard Armory and threatening to blow up the building has been hospitalized pending an upcoming hearing.

Jeremy Raskiewicz, of 21 Underhill St., was involuntarily admitted last week to a Manchester hospital, the result of an evidentiary hearing over which Superior Court Judge Charles Temple presided.

Raskiewicz faces one count of criminal threatening, a Class B felony, which accuses him of telephoning the armory on Nov. 28 and telling the person who answered that he is a retired U.S. Navy commander who had “top secret” information he needed to share – then allegedly threatening to “blow up” the armory building.

Temple, who presided over Raskiewicz’s initial bail hearing on Nov. 30, denied his request for personal recognizance bail and ordered him held on preventive detention at Valley Street jail.

The evidentiary hearing at which Temple ordered Raskiewicz hospitalized took place Dec. 10.

Raskiewicz is now scheduled for a bail review hearing on Thursday, according to court documents. If he is still in the hospital, according to Temple’s order, the hearing will be continued to a later date.

Nashua police, after learning of the alleged threats from armory personnel, issued a warrant for Raskiewicz’s arrest. They said officers took him into custody without incident at his home around 8 p.m. Nov. 29.

Prosecutors at Raskiewicz’s bail hearing told the court he has a criminal history that includes several charges of assault, resisting arrest and drug-related offenses, along with a conviction on a felony count of assault with a deadly weapon.

The incident that led to that conviction took place in the far northwestern Montana town of Kalispell, according to a December 2005 Associated Press story.

Raskiewicz reportedly assaulted a person with a frying pan, according to the story. He was sentenced to eight years in prison, but it’s not clear whether he served part, or all, of that sentence.

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