For Immediate Release
Thursday, June 4, 2015
Contact: John Guilfoil
Merrimac Police Help Locate Shoplifting Suspect Who Fled from Police in New Hampshire
MERRIMAC — Police Chief Eric M. Shears reports that the Merrimac Police Department assisted in locating and arresting a man who was allegedly involved in an incident in New Hampshire and had fled from police.
MICHAEL DAVID CASE, 20, OF HAVERHILL, is charged with Resisting Arrest and Disorderly Conduct.
CASE also has warrants out of Haverhill District Court and from New Hampshire.
He was located this morning in Newton, N.H.
Seabrook, N.H. Police contacted Merrimac Police on Wednesday evening requesting assistance in locating a man they believed could be involved in a shoplifting offense and who had fled the scene. The vehicle had come back registered in Merrimac.
Later that night, Merrimac Police located CASE’S vehicle in town and proceeded with a motor vehicle stop. A female was operating the vehicle. The responding officer recognized CASE in the passenger’s seat, and upon stating his name, CASE opened his door and fled on foot.
The officer pursued CASE, but lost sight of him some time later. Mutual aid was then called in for assistance.
Numerous police units participated in the search for CASE, including the State Police Airwing and K-9 unit, the Amesbury Police K-9 unit, the Salisbury Police K-9 unit and West Newbury Police.
After 2 1/2 hours, police were unable to locate the suspect and called off the search.
Then, on June 4, dispatch at the Merrimac Police station received a report of a man walking around the area of Bear Hill Road without shoes. While en route to the location, an officer received word that Newton Police in New Hampshire had stopped the subject in their town. He was then taken into custody.
Merrimac Police confirmed with Newton Police that the man in custody was in fact CASE. He is now being held by authorities without bail in Rockingham County N.H. pending a court appearance tomorrow.
“This marks the end of a lengthy search. We would like to thank residents for cooperating and assisting in our efforts yesterday as police units searched throughout town for the suspect,” Chief Shears said. “I would also like to applaud the work of officers from this department, our surrounding communities and the State Police for their help and resources during this process.”
These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.
All press inquiries about court proceedings should be referred to the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office.