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Suspected bank robber, carjacker arrested in Hancock

HANCOCK: Officer gets shiner, apprehends suspected bank robber

  • Rebecca Norton

  • Michael Munroe

  • Hancock police officer Frank Shea watches as Michael Munroe and Rebecca Norton are arraigned at the Jaffrey District Court on Monday. STAFF PHOTO BY BENJI ROSEN



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, April 04, 2016

As Hancock police officer Frank Shea wrestled with a suspect Saturday who had punched him in the face and was attempting to steal his cruiser, two firefighters and several citizens pulled the man from the cruiser and helped Shea put him in cuffs. 

“In a small town such as ours, when one of us gets into trouble, someone else has no hesitation stepping in to help out,” said Shea, outside the courtroom yesterday, with a bruise under his eye. 

“I’m very happy he is behind bars,” added Shea. “I would describe him as a very dangerous individual.”

Michael A. Munroe, 32, a suspect in a string of bank robberies and carjackings, was arraigned in the 8th Circuit Court in Jaffrey y esterday on four felonies and three misdemeanors. The Concord man is charged with two counts of simple assault, resisting arrest, an attempt to steal a police cruiser and possession of heroin and cocaine.

Munroe is being held in lieu of $500,000 cash bail.

Munroe is also a suspect in a robbery at a credit union in Seabrook Friday, and is wanted by Massachusetts police in connection with carjackings there. He is a suspect in an Epping robbery as well, according to reports.

Police also arrested Rebecca Norton, 29, of Raymond, near the post office, minutes after Munroe was detained. She was arraigned following Munroe yesterday, and is being charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and hindering apprehension. She is being held in lieu of $25,000 cash bail. Also wanted in other jurisdictions, Munroe was allegedly traveling with Munroe. But Munroe said yesterday he doesn’t remember Norton being with him when he was arrested.

“I don’t remember any of this,” he told Judge L. Phillips Runyon III. “I have a hard time remembering … I have a bad memory. I just want to make sure things are being stated as fact, so I can remember.”

Officers were on alert Friday night when they found an abandoned 2016 Honda CRV with no license plates near Brimstone Corner Road in Hancock, a class VI road. The SUV was waterlogged in over two feet of mud, according the affidavit. Police discovered the vehicle was stolen from Derry Friday morning.

The next morning, officers were called to a home on Bennington Road to investigate a report of a suspicious man who knocked on the door and asked to use the telephone. After Shea and Greenfield Officer Glenn Roberge searched for the “suspicious” and “strange” man, Edson Ware, of Hancock, saw him behind the historical society. When Shea responded, he found the man walking toward Fiddleheads Cafe.

“I approached the male and asked that I pat search the man for weapons, given a large visible bulge in the front pocket of his sweatshirt and his behavior,” Shea wrote in the affidavit. Shea said the man became defensive once he searched him. “As I moved in to control his hands, he swung at me with a closed-fisted right hand, and struck me in the upper left cheek bone and began to run from me.”

Fire Chief Nevan Cassidy said the punch was a “roundhouse.”

“He smacked Shea in the face, and they were running around the building like it was a Benny Hill skit,” said Cassidy, who watched the altercation start from inside the Hancock Market, where Cassidy’s wife was buying meat from the butcher.

Shea caught Munroe near the Hancock Market, according to the affidavit, but Munroe punched him again in the jaw before sprinting away.

Munroe jumped into the police cruiser and attempted to put it in gear. Cassidy, Assistant Fire Chief Thomas Bates and citizens, including Ware and 79-year-old Bill Eva, pulled Munroe out of the cruiser and onto the ground.

On Munroe were what police believe was heroin and cocaine, hypodermic needles and metal spoons and $4,498 cash, according to the affidavit.

 

 

Both Munroe and Shea were transported the Monadnock Community Hospital with minor injuries. Munroe was transported to the Hillsborough County House of Corrections. Shea was treated and released.

Police, meanwhile, searched for Munroe’s companion, whom Cassidy said was inside the market, asking for a taxi cab.

Police said they found what they believe is cocaine, hypodermic needles and spoons and $768 cash on Norton.

 

 

The probable cause hearings for Munroe and Norton will be April 14. Their bail conditions prohibit them from being in contact with each other.

MICHELE NUTTLE

A 33-year-old Raymond man wanted in connection with a bank robbery in Seabrook and two carjackings in Massachusetts was apprehended this (Saturday) morning on Main Street in Hancock after he allegedly punched an officer in the face and then attempted to steal a police cruiser.

Michael A. Monroe  was charged with simple assault on the officer, resisting arrest, and felony possession of a controlled substance, according to Hancock police. He is being held in lieu of $500,000 cash only bail. He will be arraigned Monday in the 8th Circuit Court in Jaffrey .

Monroe is also a suspect in a Friday robbery at a Seabrook credit union, and is also wanted by Massachusetts police in connection with carjacking incidents in that state. He is a suspect in an Epping robbery as well, according to reports.

Greenfield police also arrested Rebecca Norton, 29, also of Raymond. She was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and hindering apprehension. Norton is also wanted in other jurisdictions and is being held in lieu of $25,000 cash bail. She will be arraigned in the 8th Circuit Court in Jaffrey on Monday.

Officers were called to a Bennington Road residence Saturday morning to investigate a report that two suspicious people had knocked on the door asked to use the telephone. 

According to a report on the incident, Shea located Monroe near the Hancock Market on Main Street. When the officer attempted to search Monroe, he hit Shea in the face, knocking him backward. Monroe fled on foot, with Shea in pursuit. 

Monroe then jumped into the police cruiser and attempted to put it in gear, according to the report. Shea pulled Monroe out of the car and onto the ground. Civilians also assisted with taking the suspect into custody, police said. Officers from the Hancock, Greenfield, Bennington and Peterborough assisted at the scene. 

Both Monroe and Shea were transported the Monadnock Community Hospital with minor injuries. Monroe was transported to the Hillsborough County House of Corrections. Shea was treated and released. 

Police believe that the incident was connected to a report Friday night of a vehicle abandoned at the end of Brimstone Corner Road. The vehicle was confirmed to be stolen out of Derry. The vehicle was recovered and impounded.