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Two teenagers face charges connected to January mobile home shooting

Two teenagers are facing charges related to the shooting of an occupied Concord mobile home in January, following the arrest of a Loudon teenager in March stemming from the same incident.

On Jan. 21, Michael Pellerin Sr. reported finding bullet holes in the side of his mobile home on Longmeadow Drive. The police began investigating and in March arrested Steven Maxfield, 18, on a charge of reckless conduct. Further investigation found that Joshua Mitchell, 18, and Robert Lucier, 19, were also involved in incident, the police said. The two were arrested May 3 on charges of conspiracy to commit criminal threatening. Lucier was also charged with criminal liability for the conduct of another.

Mitchell was arrested at Concord High School, where he is a student. He waived his probable cause hearing and is out on $10,000 personal recognizance bail while his case moves to Merrimack County Superior Court. Lucier turned himself in and is out on $50,000 personal recognizance bail while he awaits a June 11 probable cause hearing in Concord’s district court. Court documents list addresses in Boscawen and Concord for Lucier, and he is an employee at American Flagging and Traffic Control in Salem.

According to the arrest warrants, Mitchell and Lucier were in the car with Maxfield when he shot at the mobile home, and both men helped plan the crime. The police were unable to arrest the two at the time of Maxfield’s arrest because they did not have enough evidence, said Lt. Timothy O’Malley of the Concord Police Department.

After the shooting, Pellerin told the police he suspected Mitchell might be involved because his son, Michael Pellerin Jr., was friends with Mitchell’s ex-girlfriend. In April, Lucier’s girlfriend told the police Mitchell wanted to send a strong message to Pellerin Jr. by shooting up his home, and Lucier allegedly told Mitchell he knew where to obtain a gun, according to the police. Lucier’s girlfriend later drove him and Maxfield to pick up the gun, a .22 caliber rifle, from a minor living in Loudon, according to the police.

On a January night, Lucier drove Mitchell and Maxfield to the mobile home in his grandmother’s car. Maxfield allegedly fired the gun into the home several times. Two of Pellerin’s sons were in the home at the time but did not realize the mobile home had been shot at. About a week later, Pellerin noticed the five bullet holes and called the police. One went through the home’s walls and fragments were found in a bedroom dresser.

An anonymous tipster in early February told the police Maxfield had been involved, and the police later interviewed a friend of Maxfield’s who said he had bragged about shooting up the mobile home, according to the warrants. The investigation eventually led the police to Lucier’s girlfriend as well as the minor who allegedly lent Lucier the gun, which helped piece together the involvement of Lucier and Mitchell.

Both men are prohibited from contacting Michael Pellerin Sr. and his three sons as part of their bail conditions. Lucier also cannot contact his girlfriend or the minor who allegedly provided him with the gun. When reached by phone, both Lucier’s father and Mitchell’s mother declined to comment.

(Kathleen Ronayne can be reached at 369-3309 or
kronayne@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @kronayne.)

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