Man pleads guilty in threatening of Town of Hanover employee

Published: 01-05-2024 5:04 PM

NORTH HAVERHILL — A former New York City man who threatened a Hanover public works department employee with a screwdriver and launched a police manhunt for him around the Dartmouth’s athletic facilities on the day Sian Beilock was being inaugurated has pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor charges and been sentenced.

Jaime Torres, 36, pleaded guilty on December 12 to charges of criminal trespassing and criminal threatening and was sentenced to 12 months, all but six months deferred for one year and less 63 days credit for pretrial confinement in Grafton County House of Corrections, according to court record.

He further pleaded guilty to a charge of theft and received an additional 12-month sentence, all of which has been suspended for five years and ordered to pay $339.97 in restitution to the town of Hanover, court records show.

Torres was alleged to have broken into the Hanover pumping station off Lebanon Street last September where he brandished a screwdriver at a public works department employee before stealing the worker’s phone and fleeing on a bicycle. Hanover police scoured the area around the college’s athletic facilities along South Park Street — and influx of VIP’s were in town that day for Beilock’s inauguration — but Torres is believed to have escaped into the woods.

He was apprehended 18 days later in Windham, N.H.

As part of his guilty plea, Torres is required to participate counseling and treatment and to stay away from the public works department employee who he threatened.

 

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