By PHILLIP BANTZ
The Keene Sentinel: July 29, 2009
A Swanzey man, naked from the waist down and bleeding from the face, vandalized two vehicles with a flashlight, kicked and spit on a Keene police officer and threatened a hospital employee Tuesday evening, authorities said.
Michael A. Hagar, 38, is charged with three counts of criminal threatening, two counts each of criminal mischief and simple assault and one count of theft.
Keene police were called to the West Street Shopping Center at about 10:20 p.m. for a report of a man using a large Maglite flashlight to smash out the windows and lights of two vehicles parked behind Hannaford grocery store, Keene police Lt. Jay U. Duguay said.
When one of the vehicle owners, Ada Boule, 20, of Keene saw the man, who was later identified as Hagar, damaging her vehicle she ran away to get help, Duguay said.
After speaking with Boule, Kevin Fisk, 28, of Keene and Dennis Laprade, 40, of Rindge confronted Hagar while he was still striking the vehicles with the flashlight, Duguay said.
He said Hagar then chased the men away while threatening them with the flashlight, which he’d stolen from one of the vehicles.
Boule and the other vehicle owner, Abraham Chavez, 26, of Sullivan, told police that Hagar was a stranger and they did not know why he was attacking their vehicles, Duguay said.
Hagar was not wearing pants or underwear during the incident — a long T-shirt was covering his genitals — and it was unclear what happened to his clothing, Duguay said.
Hagar’s nose was also broken, possibly during a fight prior to the incident behind Hannaford, though police are still investigating what led to his facial injuries, Duguay said.
Hagar cooperated with police during his arrest, but became combative at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene, where he was taken to be treated for facial injuries and cuts caused by broken glass from the vehicles, Duguay said.
He spit on Keene police Officer Michael O’Donnell and kicked the officer in the face, and made death threats to hospital employee Clayton Stalker, 56, of Keene, Duguay said.
Police are awaiting the results of a drug test and psychological evaluation Hagar completed at the hospital.
After he was released from the hospital, Hagar was taken to the Cheshire County jail in Westmoreland, where he was held without bail. He was scheduled to be arraigned today in Keene District Court.