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Allenstown sex offender arrested for trying to assault date

An Allenstown man was arrested Thursday and charged with sexual assault after his alleged victim was able to identify him by his tattoos, the police said.

Walter Collier, 34, a registered public sex offender residing in Allenstown, was held on $100,000 cash bail and arraigned early yesterday morning in Derry’s district Court.

The arrest stems from an incident Monday night when a 38-year-old Pelham woman called 911 from her home and reported that a man had just tried to sexually assault her after a date.

Officers responded to the call, but by the time they arrived at the residence the man was gone.

The woman told the police she had managed to fight the man off long enough to phone for help. She said that earlier in the date he had used a false name, but later mentioned that his name was Walter and that he lived in Allenstown.

The woman provided a detailed description of the man’s tattoos.

Detectives then contacted the Allenstown police, who were able to identify the suspect as Collier, based on information they have in his offender record.

Records show Collier was convicted in 1999 of criminal restraint and felonious sexual assault, and again in 2011 for obstructing the report of a crime or injury. Lt. Paul Paquette of the Allenstown Police Department said Collier had been arrested multiple times in the past, but never for crimes committed in Allenstown.

(Jeremy Blackman can be reached at 369-3319,
jblackman@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @JBlackmanCM.)

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