Loudon man accused of breaking into home, assaulting woman

  • Michael Peacan after his arrest in Concord in 2013 —Courtesy

Monitor staff
Published: 8/16/2019 1:46:48 PM

A Loudon man accused of breaking into a residence in town and attempting to assault a woman while she slept is being held without bail.

Michael Peacan, 25, faces a felony count of burglary and misdemeanor charges of simple assault and criminal mischief in connection with the break-in reported on Redwood Road Wednesday at approximately 12:40 a.m. He was arraigned Thursday afternoon in Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord, where Judge Richard McNamara ordered him detained at the county jail pending a further evidentiary hearing next week.

The victim, who suffered minor injuries, was able to fight Peacan off and call 911, according to court records.

The woman told dispatchers that a man had attempted to sexually assault her, but she fought back and he took off on foot, according to an affidavit prepared by Loudon Patrolman Garrett Beck. She said she found a large roll of duct tape and a Rite Aid card in her bedroom after the man left.

Loudon Sgt. Robert Akerstrom arrived on scene as the woman was still on the phone with dispatch. As she told Akerstrom what had occurred, she showed him the roll of duct tape left behind and an area where the suspect’s shoes had left dirt on the carpet. There was also a hole in the hallway wall and some items scattered about the hallway that the suspect had thrown, the affidavit says.

The woman reported that she was asleep in her bed when she awoke to a man on top of her telling her to be quiet. She said the man, who was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and a ski mask, had tried to cover her mouth with the duct tape but was unsuccessful.

Akerstrom asked the woman if she’d seen anyone in the area recently or noticed anything out of place. She replied that she knew only of a man from down the road that had stopped and helped her a year or so ago when she locked herself out of her home. At that time, the man had used a credit card to gain access, she said.

New Hampshire State Police assisted Loudon and used a police dog in an attempt to locate the suspect. The dog led police through the woods to Peacan’s residence a short distance away.

In the meantime, another trooper had called Rite Aid and determined that the card found in the woman’s bedroom was registered to Peacan.

Akerstrom knocked on the door to Peacan’s residence, where he lives with his parents. Both Peacan and his father consented to a search of Peacan’s bedroom, where police ultimately seized a black ski mask under the bed and a dark hooded sweatshirt near the window, the affidavit says. They also found a pair of white sneakers that had fresh dirt on them and placed them into an evidence bag.

Peacan has a criminal record in New Hampshire that includes prior arrests for arson, criminal threatening, theft and breach of bail in Concord. Police in the city arrested Peacan, then 19, in late 2013 in connection with arsons at the Market Basket on Fort Eddy Road that April and at the Walmart on Loudon Road in June.

Peacan was taken into custody Wednesday on a violation of probation charge before police filed the new burglary case against him. He is next scheduled to appear Tuesday in Merrimack County Superior Court.

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

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