Police search Holiday Inn in Concord for attempted murder suspect 

  • Police responded to the Holiday Inn in downtown Concord Thursday looking for Michael Ames, who is wanted in connection to a shooting on Aug. 1. Tyler Stitt—Courtesy

  • Police responded to the Holiday Inn in downtown Concord Thursday looking for Michael Ames, who is wanted in connection to a shooting on Aug. 1. Tyler Stitt—Courtesy

  • Ames  Courtesy

Monitor staff
Published: 8/8/2019 4:11:50 PM

The Holiday Inn in Concord was briefly shut down Thursday afternoon as state and federal law enforcement agencies searched rooms for a man who is a suspect in an attempted murder case in the city.

Concord Lt. Sean Ford said police received a tip that Michael Ames, 35, of Concord was staying at the Holiday Inn on North Main Street, but they were not able to locate him after evacuating guests from the second floor of the hotel and searching several rooms.

Ames is accused of breaking into a transitional housing apartment at 5 Market Lane in Concord on Aug. 1. He shot at a woman in the apartment and narrowly missed her, Ford said. Ames then proceeded to assault her with his gun, police said.

Concord Police have an arrest warrant for Ames charging him with an attempt to commit second-degree murder, two felony robbery charges, attempt to commit armed robbery, reckless conduct and two second-degree assault charges.

The apartment Ames broke into on Aug. 1 was in Families in Transition, an organization that provides “short term, emergency transitional housing and assistance in finding permanent units for homeless families and individuals,” according to the organization’s website.

At the time of the shooting, there were numerous children asleep within the building and adjoining apartment units, Ford said. He said the victim was transported to an area hospital and treated for her injuries. She has since been released.

Concord Police Department, the U.S. Marshal’s Service and the Central NH Special Operations Unit tactical team arrived at the Holiday Inn at 1 p.m. Thursday. Law enforcement then searched the hotel for Ames, while limiting traffic around the building. An employee at the hotel said she was told it was safe to come into work around 2 p.m.

Ford said Ames is still at large and he is believed to be “heavily armed and dangerous.”

Police are requesting that anyone who may know the location of Ames should avoid contact with him and instead notify local or state police. Police are asking that Ames turn himself in on the warrant.

Police ask that anyone with information on Ames’s contact Concord Police at 225-8600 or the Concord Regional Crimeline 226- 3100.




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