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New Ipswich man charged with robbery at knife point

MILFORD — The investigation into a mugging in a Shaw’s parking lot in Milford on Dec. 4 led to three arrests on Wednesday, including the arrest of a man who had allegedly just been robbed.

Kenneth Martel, of Milford, the victim of an alleged robbery, was arrested by Milford police on Dec. 4, after police found him wandering in the area of Foster Road in Milford.

Police were first alerted to a possible robbery when they received an anonymous call reporting a fight and possible stabbing in a Lincoln MKX parked at Shaw’s on Keene Road. Shortly after that call, police were alerted to a man in the area of Foster Road, going door-to-door and asking for water.

In an interview Friday, Capt. Chris Nervik of the Milford Police Department said police were dispatched to both scenes to investigate. Officers did not locate the vehicle at Shaw’s, but officers who located Martel learned he was the alleged victim of a robbery.

Martel reported to police that he had just been robbed, beaten and kicked out of a vehicle on Foster Road. He had minor injuries, said Nervik, including a bloody nose. While the attack allegedly occurred at knifepoint, he was not stabbed, as had been initially reported to police. He knew his alleged attackers, identified as Jason Smolinsky, 30, of New Ipswich and Jeffery Pollock, 43, of Milford.

In the process of speaking to Martel, police allegedly found that he was in the possession of a small quantity of drugs, believed to be heroin, and a hypodermic needle. Nervik said he did not know the exact amount of the substance Martel had in his possession, but said it was a small amount consistent with personal use. Police arrested him and charged him with possession of a controlled drug, believed to be heroin,which is a class B felony. They further charged him with reckless conduct, which is also a class B felony, and breach of bail conditions, which is a class A misdemeanor.

Police continued investigation into the reported robbery and arrested Smolinsky and Pollock on Wednesday; they were arraigned Thursday at the Milford District Court.

Police charged Smolinsky with armed robbery, criminal threatening and being a convicted felon in possession of a deadly weapon. The last charge stemmed from his allegedly having held a knife to Martel during the robbery. All three are felony charges. Pollack was charged with armed robbery.

Martel is being held at the Valley Street Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash or surety bail. On Monday, Martel waived his right to a probable cause hearing, and his charges are being forwarded to the Hillsborough County Attorney’s Office.

Smolinsky is being held at the Valley Street Jail in lieu of $75,000 cash or surety bail. Pollock is being held in lieu of $50,000. Both men are scheduled to appear in the Milford District Court for a probable cause hearing on Jan. 2.

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