Man accused of damaging car, burglarizing apartment

NASHUA – At about 6 a.m. Sunday, Adam Santiago-Hernandez allegedly went to a Walnut Street residence to confront his ex-girlfriend and a man she was seeing, then allegedly did some damage to her car, police and a prosecutor said Monday.

When police arrived, they charged him with two counts of misdemeanor criminal mischief, on which Hernandez was booked at police headquarters.

About 12 hours later, police added one count of domestic violence-related burglary, a Class B felony, after the ex-girlfriend discovered her apartment elsewhere in downtown Nashua had been broken into and various items damaged inside – allegedly by Hernandez, according to the prosecutor, Assistant County Attorney Brett Harpster.

The result was an overnight stay in Valley Street jail for Hernandez, who on Monday waived formal arraignment in Hillsborough County Superior Court-South.

At a subsequent bail hearing, Judge Charles Temple granted Harpster’s request to hold Hernandez on preventive detention, citing what Harpster called Hernandez’s lengthy criminal record that includes “violent crimes,” such as a first-degree assault case for which he served significant prison time about eight years ago.

Added to the record is the fact Hernandez is currently on parole, and even has an active warrant issued by authorities in Puerto Rico for his arrest a burglary charge – which Hernandez later denied through his public defender.

In response to Harpster’s position of preventive detention, the public defender said that in putting the matter in context, Hernandez “learned, over the past couple of days, that his ex-girlfriend was with another man, and he became upset.”

The public defender asked Temple for personal recognizance bail, or $1,000 cash bail, which she said is the most Hernandez can afford.

Temple said Hernandez can request an evidentiary hearing if he so chooses.

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