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Police: Man charged with kidnapping North Conway teen loves conflict

  • Nathaniel Kibby, 34, of Gorham, N.H. stands during his arraignment at Conway District Court in Conway, N.H., Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Kibby was charged with kidnapping Abigail Hernandez nine months ago was ordered held on $1 million bail after a brief court appearance Tuesday. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

    Nathaniel Kibby, 34, of Gorham, N.H. stands during his arraignment at Conway District Court in Conway, N.H., Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Kibby was charged with kidnapping Abigail Hernandez nine months ago was ordered held on $1 million bail after a brief court appearance Tuesday. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

  • Nathaniel Kibby, 34, of Gorham, N.H. is escorted to his arraignment at Conway District Court in Conway, N.H., Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Kibby was charged with kidnapping Abigail Hernandez nine months ago was ordered held on $1 million bail after a brief court appearance Tuesday. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

    Nathaniel Kibby, 34, of Gorham, N.H. is escorted to his arraignment at Conway District Court in Conway, N.H., Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Kibby was charged with kidnapping Abigail Hernandez nine months ago was ordered held on $1 million bail after a brief court appearance Tuesday. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

  • Abigail Hernandez, center, listens to her mother, Zenya Hernandez, left, talk with New Hampshire Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young prior to the arraignment of Nathaniel Kibby, 34, of Gorham, N.H., at Conway District Court in Conway, N.H., Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Kibby was charged with kidnapping Abigail nine months ago, and was ordered held on $1 million bail after a brief court appearance Tuesday. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

    Abigail Hernandez, center, listens to her mother, Zenya Hernandez, left, talk with New Hampshire Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young prior to the arraignment of Nathaniel Kibby, 34, of Gorham, N.H., at Conway District Court in Conway, N.H., Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Kibby was charged with kidnapping Abigail nine months ago, and was ordered held on $1 million bail after a brief court appearance Tuesday. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

  • Nathaniel Kibby, 34, of Gorham, N.H. stands during his arraignment at Conway District Court in Conway, N.H., Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Kibby was charged with kidnapping Abigail Hernandez nine months ago was ordered held on $1 million bail after a brief court appearance Tuesday. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

    Nathaniel Kibby, 34, of Gorham, N.H. stands during his arraignment at Conway District Court in Conway, N.H., Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Kibby was charged with kidnapping Abigail Hernandez nine months ago was ordered held on $1 million bail after a brief court appearance Tuesday. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

  • Nathaniel Kibby, 34, of Gorham, N.H. stands during his arraignment at Conway District Court in Conway, N.H., Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Kibby was charged with kidnapping Abigail Hernandez nine months ago was ordered held on $1 million bail after a brief court appearance Tuesday. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)
  • Nathaniel Kibby, 34, of Gorham, N.H. is escorted to his arraignment at Conway District Court in Conway, N.H., Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Kibby was charged with kidnapping Abigail Hernandez nine months ago was ordered held on $1 million bail after a brief court appearance Tuesday. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)
  • Abigail Hernandez, center, listens to her mother, Zenya Hernandez, left, talk with New Hampshire Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young prior to the arraignment of Nathaniel Kibby, 34, of Gorham, N.H., at Conway District Court in Conway, N.H., Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Kibby was charged with kidnapping Abigail nine months ago, and was ordered held on $1 million bail after a brief court appearance Tuesday. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)
  • Nathaniel Kibby, 34, of Gorham, N.H. stands during his arraignment at Conway District Court in Conway, N.H., Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Kibby was charged with kidnapping Abigail Hernandez nine months ago was ordered held on $1 million bail after a brief court appearance Tuesday. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool)

The man charged with kidnapping a teenager nine months ago is very bright, has strong opinions and thrives on conflict, according to a police officer who had two decades of contact with him.

Former Conway lieutenant Chris Perley, who left the force in April after 29 years, has known 34-year-old Nathaniel Kibby since the kidnapping suspect was 12 years old.

Kibby was arrested at his Gorham trailer last Monday and charged with kidnapping Abigail “Abby” Hernandez on Oct. 9, a week before her 15th birthday. Abby returned home July 20, but investigators have been tight-lipped about the details surrounding her disappearance and return.

Perley said his most recent dealing with Kibby was over a summons for running a red light.

“He thought he should be entitled to (run the light) because he went to work at such early hours,” Perley said.

“He was smart, but he was also brutally myopic in whatever view he had,” Perley said. “You could not shake him or redirect him in the way he saw the world.”

Kibby has a lengthy criminal record, including several assaults. Particularly disturbing, Perley said, was an arrest in March when Kibby was charged with criminal trespass and assault after following a Conway woman to her home after a minor car accident. The police said he pushed her to the ground in her driveway after she ordered him to stop taking pictures of her car.

“I remember thinking that was so over the top,” Perley said. “You don’t go to their home and get into a chest-bumping situation, especially with a woman.”

Kibby grew up in and attended school in Conway, a tourist-dependent town of about 1,800 people in the southeast corner of the White Mountain National Forest. Although he’d lived in Gorham for a while, he returned to Conway to work as a machinist at two gun makers – Green Mountain Rifle Barrel Co. and E.M.M. Precision. Various news outlets have reported he was laid off this year for economic reasons.

Kibby was arraigned Tuesday and is being held on $1 million cash bond. He’s due in court Aug. 12. His public defender, Jesse Friedman, did not return a call seeking comment.

Prosecutors have revealed little of what they have learned since Kibby’s arrest, saying only that investigators continue to search his home and the surrounding grounds. It remains unclear where Abby was held for more than nine months. She attended Tuesday’s brief hearing, wide-eyed but otherwise expressionless, and made no comments.

On Thursday, Abby stopped by the offices of the Conway Daily Sun, the newspaper that ran a daily box counting the number of days she had been missing and urging people to call the police with any information. Abby’s mother, Zenya, told the paper her daughter occasionally saw the box while she was in captivity, and it gave her hope.

Daily Sun reporter Daymond Steer said Abby and her mother seemed relaxed during the visit.

“They seemed like they were on the mend,” Steer said. “They’ve been through a lot obviously, but she’s getting better.”

Court documents show Kibby has convictions on four trespassing counts, simple assault, providing false information to obtain a firearm and two counts each of receiving stolen property and resisting arrest. He faces up to seven years in prison if convicted of kidnapping. But Perley said nothing foreshadowed the kidnapping allegations.

“You’re always hoping it’s some stranger and that evil doesn’t live in your midst,” Perley said. “Certainly nothing he’d ever done would lead you to believe this is what he would do. If it is true, the depravity of the man knows no limits.”

Legacy Comments1

Yup, Sounds like that case of "Barney Fife" stopping the speeding truckers on the Interstate that bypassed Mayberry, R.F.D. - - - - - Reference here of: "[Former Conway (police) lieutenant Chris] Perley said his most recent dealing with ( Nathaniel ) Kibby was over a summons for running a red light. “He thought he should be entitled to (run the light) because he went to work at such early hours,” Perley said. " and what? The light on automatic (or COP control) even with no other cars in any of the 3 other points of entry, of thus there as a $Revenue Light too!? (;-) It's a known fact that on one stretch of road there somebody purposefully slows down to a crawl on a solid line stretch of road that the drivers behind that car evaluate the situation and safely pass but that that woman up in the house on the hill spots them too (in addition to the COP) and has been collecting witness fees as an accomplice for years. - - - - - And/or are these red-light violations issued AFTER the car has entered the intersection on a yellow light that THEN turns red and so yes they pass underneath or by the red light WHILE with-IN the intersection of that NOT a violation but of the COPs saying it is anyway as under their Police Officer Perjury immunity in court that one COP-er in Concord used to do of racking up so much $revenue for Concord that he must have gotten a medal! from the Mayor too.

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