Three indicted in Franklin home invasion

Monitor staff
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Three people accused of busting into a Franklin home in August and robbing a paralyzed woman at gunpoint have been indicted by a Merrimack County grand jury.

Juan Flores, 26, Bryan Martinez, 25, and Melissa Natal, 36, each face one felony count of accomplice to robbery in connection with the Aug. 25 incident in the city.

Franklin police said Flores, Martinez and Natal broke into a home at 79 School St. about 3 a.m. and demanded money from a woman who is paralyzed from the chest down. The three suspects, all Franklin residents, are accused of attacking the woman while she was in bed.

After Natal gained entry into the home, Martinez jumped on top of the woman and tried to duct tape her mouth shut, according to court documents. Flores threatened the woman with a handgun and then pointed it at her children, who had inquired from outside the bedroom why their mother was crying, police said.

Natal, Martinez and Flores stole money and a purse from the woman before attempting to flee by car, witnesses said.

Police were already on their way to the home after receiving a report of a disturbance in the area. Officers stopped the fleeing vehicle and arrested the trio.

Natal, Martinez and Flores have court hearings scheduled for next month in Concord.