Concord man detained after repeat domestic violence arrest

  • Keplin

Monitor staff
Published: 8/18/2019 5:23:43 PM

A Concord man arrested for domestic violence in June is now behind bars on new charges involving the same victim, according to court records.

Police allege Robert Keplin, who had been out of jail on bail conditions, dumped boiling water on his intimate partner and began throwing knives, prompting the woman to call a friend who then dialed 911.

In court last week, a district court judge ordered Keplin detained without bail pending trial due to the danger he poses to himself and to the community.

Keplin, 57, faces charges of domestic violence, simple assault, resisting arrest, criminal mischief and breach of bail in connection with the Aug. 12 incident in Concord. When police attempted to handcuff Keplin and put him in a cruiser, he became combative and threatened to fight an officer, according to court documents.

Police said they responded to a residence on Old Turnpike Road on Aug. 12 at about 6:30 p.m. and knocked on the door several times before Keplin answered and agreed to talk with them outside. When officers asked Keplin about a reported assault, he said he was not aware of a fight and had spent the day painting.

Inside the home, officers said they observed multiple knives on the floor, trash everywhere and a pile of empty beer and liquor bottles. They spoke with the victim who said Keplin threw boiling water on her during an argument after she asked him to leave and that the situation escalated from there, according to court documents.

When officers arrested Keplin, they had to lift him out of a lawn chair and help him to a police cruiser due to his intoxication, police said. Once partially inside the vehicle’s back seat, Keplin kicked Officer Jason Garrahan multiple times and challenged him to a fight “to see how tough he is,” police said.

At one point, officers threatened to use a Taser on Keplin but feared that he’d kick the Taser out of their hands, so three officers together pushed Keplin’s legs inside the vehicle and then shut the door.

Concord police previously arrested Keplin on June 10. In connection with that incident, he faces 12 misdemeanors in connection with that incident, including domestic violence, simple assault, criminal mischief and resisting arrest. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges and is awaiting trial.

Keplin was initially ordered to have no contact with the victim as part of his bail conditions but a judge vacated the order days later at the victim’s request. He is now incarcerated at the Merrimack County jail in Boscawen.

He is next scheduled to appear Sept. 12 in Concord’s district court for trial management conferences in both pending cases.




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