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Two found dead in Belmont home; man taken into custody

  • A member of the Belmont police department crosses the police line at 20 Sunset Drive on May 24, 2013. State and local officials, including the Major Crimes Unit, worked at a crime scene at the home in Belmont.<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    A member of the Belmont police department crosses the police line at 20 Sunset Drive on May 24, 2013. State and local officials, including the Major Crimes Unit, worked at a crime scene at the home in Belmont.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • State and local officials, including the Major Crimes Unit, worked at a crime scene at 20 Sunset Drive in Belmont on May 24, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    State and local officials, including the Major Crimes Unit, worked at a crime scene at 20 Sunset Drive in Belmont on May 24, 2013.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • The Major Crime Unit worked its way through the crime scene at 20 Sunset Drive in Belmont on May 24, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    The Major Crime Unit worked its way through the crime scene at 20 Sunset Drive in Belmont on May 24, 2013.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • A member of the Belmont police department crosses the police line at 20 Sunset Drive on May 24, 2013. State and local officials, including the Major Crimes Unit, worked at a crime scene at the home in Belmont.<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • State and local officials, including the Major Crimes Unit, worked at a crime scene at 20 Sunset Drive in Belmont on May 24, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • The Major Crime Unit worked its way through the crime scene at 20 Sunset Drive in Belmont on May 24, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

The state police are investigating two suspicious deaths in Belmont after the bodies of an adult man and woman were found inside a home there at 11 a.m. yesterday. A man who neighbors say lives at that rental property with his mother and brother was taken into custody about three hours later in Tilton, according to a release from that department.

Shawn Carter, arrested yesterday, moved into 20 Sunset Drive about a month ago with his mother, Priscilla Carter, and older brother Tim Carter, neighbors said. The New Hampshire attorney general’s office, whose homicide unit was at the scene yesterday, is not releasing the names of the deceased individuals but has called their deaths “suspicious.”

The office has not confirmed that anyone has been taken into custody.

But the Belmont police put out an alert looking for 31-year-old Shawn Carter at about 12:45 p.m. yesterday and warned that he may be armed with a gun, a knife or both, according to Tilton police Chief Bob Cormier. Cormier said that about 2:15 p.m. a Tilton officer spotted the man’s red Chevrolet Monte Carlo on Route 3, just over the bridge from Belmont and less than a mile from the Carters’ home.

Witnesses who saw the car being stopped said the driver was taken into custody by nearly a dozen officers, several of whom approached with guns drawn.

While the Carters moved into the lakefront rental only recently, the younger brother had already become a concern to some neighbors.

The owners of Winnisquam Marine, which is next door, took out a no-trespassing order against Shawn Carter a few weeks ago after they say he repeatedly wandered onto their property, talking nonsensically and asking for a man who doesn’t work there.

Ryan Crawford, whose father owns the marina, said he was in one of the bays working on his truck about 11:30 one night when Shawn Carter walked past him without saying a word, entered the showroom and moved toward the stairs.

“I’m telling him to turn around (and asking) what’s he looking for,” Crawford said. “And he just kept saying, ‘I need to close the gate. I need to find Alex.’ And I’m like, ‘You need to get out of this facility.’ ”

Crawford said the man seemed lucid and responsive, and he thought then that he was attempting to canvass the business so he could break in and steal things later.

“He went all the way upstairs, opened our showroom doors and said, ‘Oh it’s not there anymore,’ ” he said.

Crawford doesn’t know what, if anything, the man was looking for.

He said the man, who he did not know at the time but found out later was his neighbor, left the property, and he called the police. The next day, other employees told Crawford that Shawn Carter had come onto the property earlier that day and at other times, ambling through the bays and asking for Alex.

Crawford said the police went to the Carters’ home that day and arrested Shawn Carter on a bench warrant for not appearing in court on an unrelated charge. The marina received the no-trespassing order shortly after.

A man who said his wife owns the property where the Carters rented said the family members came with positive recommendations and have been good tenants. He said Tim Carter, the older brother, has helped him with yard work and maintenance at another property they own in the neighborhood.

The landlord, who declined to give his name, described Shawn Carter as “a little different.”

“He told me himself he walked the roads at nighttime because he couldn’t sleep,” he said.

The white home, partially hidden from the road behind overgrown bushes, was blocked off by crime scene tape yesterday. The lake beyond the property was visible through a glass walkway connecting the garage to the two-story residence, and state police officers were seen walking in and out of that hallway throughout the afternoon.

The residence is just across the lake from the spot where the Tilton police said Shawn Carter was taken into custody at about 2:15 p.m. A Monitor reporter who was outside the home at that time was told by officials to move inside another building for her own safety, then cleared to enter the street again a few minutes later after no apparent activity at the house.

Jeffery Strelzin, who heads the attorney general’s homicide unit and was at the home yesterday afternoon, said autopsies will be performed on the bodies today to determine cause and manner of death. The incident remains under investigation.

(Tricia L. Nadolny can be reached at 369-3306 or tnadolny@cmonitor.com or on Twitter at @tricia_nadolny.)

Correction: This story has been updated to reflect the correct town where Shawn Carter was taken into custody and the name of the police department that released that information.

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Kelly Ayotte was right we need to address mental health issues if we want to cut back on these murders. Kelley Ayotte 1 Liberal loons 0

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