Concord police detain man after downtown standoff, respond to bank robbery call

Monitor staff
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Concord police responded to back-to-back calls downtown Tuesday afternoon for unrelated incidents involving men reported to be armed.

The first 911 call came in at 2:15 p.m. for a report of a distraught man who had a gun in Bicentennial Square, according to reports.

Police said the man threatened to harm himself and engaged in a nearly 90-minute standoff before he was taken into protective custody.

The man, who is in his mid-20s, was not armed when police made contact with him; however, he did have access to firearms in the area, said Sgt. Robert Buelte. Buelte declined to provide further information  about where those firearms were located.

“Right now, there are no (criminal) charges,” Buelte said by phone early Tuesday evening.

Once detained, the man was transported to a nearby medical facility for assistance. No one was injured in the incident.

Police asked employees and customers of area businesses to stay indoors until the situation was resolved, and closed sections of two nearby streets – Warren and Pleasant streets – while establishing a perimeter around the scene.

At True Brew, customers attempting to leave the coffee shop were stopped by police positioned outside and told to return indoors. The shop’s manager noted that there were police throughout the square, and that everyone inside was on edge because they didn’t know the full extent of what was happening.

Nearby Margaritas had yet to open for business, but employees who had already arrived for work said they remained indoors due to the large presence of police in the square.

Roughly an hour after the man surrendered to police downtown, officers were called to South Main Street for a report of a robbery. Shortly before 4:30 p.m., officers responded to Eastern Bank, where a man was reported to have displayed a weapon, police said.

The man entered the bank at 11 South Main St. and demanded money while holding a handgun, police said. He was described as a white man, about 6 feet tall, in his 20s or 30s, with a slight build, police said.

The suspect fled the area on foot, and a state police K-9 unit was called in to assist Concord officers in attempting to locate the robbery suspect, according to reports.

Anyone with information is asked to call Concord police at 225-8600.

(Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 369-3319, adandrea@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @_ADandrea.)