Allenstown man charged in multiple stabbing incident

  • Clinton Lennon mug shot taken on Sept. 21, 2016. Allenstown Police Department—

Monitor staff
Friday, September 23, 2016

An Allenstown man faces multiple felony assault charges following an incident Wednesday night at 17 Edgewood Drive in which three stabbing victims were sent to Concord Hospital.

One victim was released Wednesday night, and the other two are in stable condition, Allenstown police Chief Paul Paquette said Thursday.

Police said the victims identified Clinton Lennon, 36, of 3 Pinecrest Circle as the assailant when officers arrived on scene.

They told police Lennon entered the home wielding two folding knives and first stabbed Peter Lipnickas in the chest, a police affidavit said. When another man, Stephen Berube, tried to intervene, Lennon turned his knife on him – first lacerating his eye and then stabbing him twice in the back near his shoulder blades, according to police. Lennon then allegedly turned to Katie King, stabbed her in the chest and left.

According to the affidavit, police went to Lennon’s home on Pinecrest Circle, where they found him hiding under his bed.

While still underneath the bed, Lennon allegedly confessed to all three stabbings, telling police he “heard some things about his ex-girlfriend and freaked out,” according to

the affidavit.

Allenstown police Officer Brian Warbuton noted in the affidavit that he saw a red substance that looked like blood on Lennon’s arm while underneath the bed.

At the time of his arrest, Lennon was serving three years probation on a felony conviction for endangering the welfare of a child under 16.

The conviction stems from a case in Dover in which Lennon was charged with sexually assaulting a 5-year-old child. He pleaded guilty to the charge in January 2015. Seacostonline.com reported at the time that Lennon was arrested in April 2014 after Dover police investigated a report that Lennon had attempted to sexually assault the child more than three years prior. Lennon knew the child, according to police.

That case was reopened in August for parole violations, according to Strafford county court records.

Lennon was arraigned Thursday morning in Hooksett’s district court, where he entered a plea of not guilty on a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence and a misdemeanor charge of child endangerment, according to court documents.

Lennon will have to wait until his case is sent to superior court before entering a plea on his felony charges, which include five counts of first-degree assault, one count of burglary, three counts of reckless conduct with a deadly weapon and one count of being a felon in possession of a deadly.

A probable cause hearing regarding sending his case to superior court will be held Oct. 3.

He is being held on $200,000 bail at the Merrimack County jail.

(Lola Duffort can be reached at 369-3321 or lduffort@cmonitor.com.)