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Concord police arrest man following foot chase out of restaurant

  • GEOFF FORESTER



Monitor staff
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A report of a man standing near a restaurant drive-thru with a firearm Sunday night in Concord led an officer on a foot pursuit that ended in one arrest, police said.

Multiple officers responded to the Burger King on Hall Street for a suspicious person call shortly before 11 p.m. Dispatch said the man with the firearm was wearing a black bandanna on his face; however, the first responding officer found nothing of the sort, according to a sworn police affidavit.

A 911 operator determined the caller was in the area of the McDonald’s on Fisherville Road, prompting Concord police Officer Kristopher Begin to check out that restaurant to ensure everything was okay.

Once inside the McDonald’s, Begin observed a man approach the register to order two McGriddle breakfast sandwiches. The man said he couldn’t pay for them, but that his girlfriend was on her way, the affidavit says.

The man, whom police later identified as Chad Belleville, 34, of Barnstead, had a bandanna tied around his neck matching the description of the one provided by the 911 caller, Begin said.

When Belleville walked away from the register, Begin asked if the two could talk outside. Belleville agreed but “broke out into a full sprint” once he reached the door, the affidavit says.

Begin gave chase while repeatedly asking Belleville to stop. Once in the area of a mulch bed near the Oak Bridge Condominiums on Fisherville Road, Belleville slowed down and reached toward the area of his waistband, Begin said.

“I ordered him again to stop and show me his hands,” Begin wrote in the affidavit. “Belleville then picked up his speed again and continued running in a northeasterly direction along the mulch bed into the complex.”

Near the entrance, Belleville lost his footing and fell.

With the assistance of another officer, Begin took Belleville into custody. Inside the front pocket of his sweatshirt, officers said, they located a pair of white gloves and a screwdriver. They also said they found a New Hampshire driver’s license in Belleville’s possession that belonged to another man.

After Belleville’s arrest, police searched the path along which Belleville had run. In the mulch bed, one officer located “what appeared to be a black BB gun.”

Although Belleville insisted he was someone else, police confirmed his true identify through fingerprint analysis.

Police charged Belleville with false report to law enforcement and resisting arrest. He was arraigned Monday in Concord’s district court, where a judge ordered bail set at $6,000 cash.

A trial management conference is scheduled for Oct. 10.