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Rindge man arrested four days after escaping police

RINDGE — A Rindge man, who allegedly assaulted his wife and then fled police by escaping into the woods last week, is scheduled to be arraigned at the 8th Circuit Court in Jaffrey this morning.

Daniel Krapf, 32, of Rindge turned himself into police on March 20 on a warrant issued by the Rindge Police Department, charging him with simple assault and resisting arrest, in connection with an alleged assault at Krapf’s Old New Ipswich Road residence on March 16.

Krapf is a firearm owner, but it is unconfirmed whether or not he had a gun in his possession when he fled police, according to Rindge Police Chief Frank Morrill.

Krapf was released on $5,000 personal recognizance and is slated to appear in court this morning for a bail hearing and arraignment. Morrill said Wednesday that Krapf is seeking modified bail conditions that would allow him to return home and see his wife. Within 24 hours of Krapf fleeing on foot into the woods near his home, Morrill said Krapf called Rindge police to see if the department had issued a warrant for his arrest. When Krapf learned of the charges, Morrill said Krapf did not immediately turn himself in, but had multiple phone conversations with police before his arrest on March 20.

Rindge police received a 911 call about a domestic disturbance at Krapf’s residence just before 9 a.m. on March 16. But when police responded to his home, Morrill said Krapf wasn’t there. Police then drafted an arrest warrant for Krapf — which was granted by an 8th Circuit Court judge later that day — and returned to Krapf’s home at 5:40 p.m. to execute the arrest. Krapf was home, but fled, Morrill said.

Just two Rindge officers — one of whom was in training — were on duty that night, Morrill said, explaining that the search for Krapf required additional manpower. Police from New Ipswich, Dublin, Jaffrey, Keene and state police assisted with the search. Their efforts, though, were unsuccessful and police were forced to call off the search after about two hours due to cold and darkness, Morrill said.

Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 228 or adandrea@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter at @alyssadandrea.

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