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Nashua men charged in Keene assaults

KEENE – Police arrested two Nashua men and are seeking a third in connection with an incident stemming from their alleged attempt to retrieve a backpack containing drugs that they left at a Gates Street residence the previous evening.

Police told the Keene Sentinel this week that Eury Tavarez, 24, and King Mercedes and Rohaiz Dar, both 23, forcibly entered 43 Gates St. around 7:30 a.m. Nov. 10, allegedly in search of the backpack, which police believed contained drugs.

Whether they were successful in recovering the backpack wasn’t known, police told the Sentinel.

While Mercedes remains at large, New Hampshire State Police picked up Dar, and Nashua police located Tavarez and took him into custody.

Police told the Sentinel that although the men allegedly assaulted two residents of the home, they charged them with the more serious crime of burglary.

The injuries to the residents were considered minor, police said.

Tavarez and Dar were booked, then released on personal recognizance bail, according to court records. They are ordered to have no contact with each other or with Mercedes, and remain on good behavior.

Tavarez, whose last known address is 17 Dover St. in Nashua, pled guilty in Hillsborough County Superior Court-South in August to one count of simple assault, and was sentenced to 12 months in jail, all suspended for three years.

A second charge, dissemination of private sexual images, a Class B felony, was dropped by prosecutors as part of the plea agreement.

Mercedes, with a last known address of 11 Major Drive in Nashua, pled guilty in Hillsborough North in Manchester in 2017 to two counts of simple assault, while two felony counts of second-degree assault and first-degree assault were dropped, according to his court file.

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