Criminal acts which may seem relatively minor often lead to a chain of crimes that seriously deepen the suspect’s legal peril. A man and woman who began a lengthy criminal escapade by stealing a car in New Hampshire eventually ended up facing several serious criminal charges by the time they were finally arrested in Rhode Island.
The fugitive pair were a 32-year-old man from Florida and a 23-year old woman from New Hampshire. They are accused of stealing a car and headed north on I-95 to escape police. After crossing into Rhode Island, the pair crashed their stolen vehicle. According to police, the pair then tried to steal a second vehicle in an attempted carjacking. They assaulted two people inside the car, but the carjacking was unsuccessful. As police drew closer, the pair attempted to escape on foot. With the aid of a K-9 helper, police tracked the two individuals to a home in Ashaway. Police allege that the pair broke into the home and tried to hide in the basement, where they were finally arrested. They are currently being held in the Adult Correctional Institution in Cranston, R.I.
The list of charges
As may be expected, this pair is facing several serious criminal charges in Connecticut, including felony assault, attempted robbery, breaking and entering, and possession of a stolen vehicle. The pair are expected to be returned to New Hampshire to face additional charges. If convicted, the suspects face potentially lengthy incarceration, a possible fine, and possibly an order for restitution.
Anyone facing similar charges may benefit from consulting an experienced criminal defense attorney. A knowledgeable attorney can provide a helpful evaluation of the evidence, suggest potential defense strategies, and, when appropriate, assist in negotiating an acceptable plea bargain.