Concord man accused of violating parole, fleeing police

  • John Sweeney. N.H. State Police—Courtesy

Published: 7/19/2019 5:29:27 PM
Modified: 7/19/2019 5:29:13 PM

Police say a Concord man was violating the terms of his parole when they used a K-9 to incapacitate and arrest him Thursday evening.

A warrant was out for John Sweeney, 52, for violating parole connected to a previous conviction of second-degree murder when a N.H. State Police officer made contact with him in the parking lot of the Lilac City Mall in Rochester, according to a press release.

Sweeney is now facing additional charges of resisting arrest and obstructing government administration after providing the officer with a false name and attempting to flee the scene.

Trooper Matthew Locke had observed Sweeney and a female companion riding bicycles on Route 125 North in a way that obstructed traffic around 7:40 p.m. He also reported that the female matched the description of a suspect in a theft at a local convenience store.

When questioned, Sweeney allegedly provided Locke with a false name.

A second officer, Trooper Haden Wilber, arrived at the scene along with K-9 “Gauge.” When officers informed Sweeney that a warrant had been issued for him by the state’s parole board, he allegedly ran from officers towards a wooden area near the mall.

At that point, Wilber sent Gauge after Sweeney “due to the nature of the crime for which Sweeney was wanted and the potential risk posed to the public,” according to the release. Gauge caught Sweeney and brought him to the ground.

Sweeney was taken into custody without further incident and was treated for injuries related to Guage’s takedown at Frisbie Memorial Hospital.

He is expected to be arraigned on the resisting arrest and obstructing government administration charges in Rochester’s district court on Oct. 9.

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