Police arrest woman on criminal threatening, burglary charges

  • Amber Pelletier, 40, was arrested and charged in connection with a home invasion in Concord on June 29, 2017. —Courtesy

Monitor staff
Friday, June 30, 2017

A woman accused of threatening two people at knifepoint during a home invasion Thursday night in Concord has been recommended for admission to New Hampshire Hospital.

Police allege Amber Pelletier held a folding knife to a man’s throat as she forced her way into an apartment at 15 Pitman St. Once inside, police say, Pelletier threatened to slit the throat of the man’s step-sister, who allegedly owed her $5.

Pelletier, 40, whose last known address was Epsom, waived her arraignment Friday afternoon in Merrimack County Superior Court. She is charged with felony-level criminal threatening and burglary, as well as misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief and simple assault.

Pelletier will be released from the Merrimack County jail on $5,000 personal recognizance for the duration of her stay at the state hospital. If she is released from the hospital, her bail will be converted to $5,000 cash or surety, and she will return to the jail in Boscawen.

Police responded to the apartment complex on Pitman Street shortly after 6 p.m. for a 911 call. The caller reported that two people were outside covered in blood, according to a sworn affidavit.

Through several witness interviews, police learned that Michelle Javery had asked her step-brother, Brian Bilodeau, to go to the main entrance of the apartment complex to make sure Pelletier hadn’t been let in. Bilodeau told police he was waiting for the elevator when he heard footsteps in the hallway, and Pelletier appeared with a knife. He accused her of pressing the blade to his throat as she said “bring me to Michelle.”

Bilodeau said he unlocked the apartment door for fear of his own safety. Once inside, Pelletier found Javery in a bedroom, and started yelling that Javery had screwed her over and that she owned $5, according to the affidavit. Javery told police that Pelletier had yelled, “I want my (expletive) money now.”

During the altercation between the women, Bilodeau threw a glass candle jar at the back of Pelletier’s head in an effort to help his step-sister, the affidavit says. 

Javery was ultimately able to escape the apartment soon after Bilodeau. Once the siblings were gone, Pelletier ransacked the place, and damaged several flat-screen televisions and a cell phone, according to the affidavit.

Witnesses said the two women met up again in the lobby of the apartment complex, where Pelletier grabbed Javery by the neck. Those same witnesses quickly stepped in and broke up the fight, causing Pelletier to flee and take cover behind a dumpster close by.

Police said Pelletier was taken to Concord Hospital for treatment of her injuries and arrested upon her release. According to the affidavit, a knife covered in dried blood was in her possession at the time.