After a cell phone caller reported a road range incident on Nashua Road (Route 102) on Tuesday, June 4, police arrested two Londonderry men shortly thereafter on Interstate 93.
According to the Londonderry police log, a caller at 8:55 p.m. June 4 reported that “a subject in a vehicle was pointing a long gun “AK style” out the window of the vehicle.” The vehicle was reported to have continued on Nashua Road eastbound and entered the on-ramp to I-93 northbound.
Londonderry Police Lieutenant Kevin Cavallaro said the alleged incident occurred near the Dunkin’ Donuts on Nashua Road eastbound, where the road narrows.
“The two cars were heading to the narrowing road and no one was giving up their position,” Cavallaro said.
A vehicle with three occupants was in the front and a second vehicle was behind it. The driver of the second vehicle called police.
Cavallaro said Brian W. Jones, 19, 55 Wilson Road in Londonderry, was the driver of the first car. He said Jones told front seat passenger Matthew Debreceni, 20, of 2 Tanager Way in Londonderry, to pick up what was determined to be an “airsoft” air rifle. He said he did not point it at the driver of the second vehicle, but that driver saw it and called police on his cell phone.
Cavallaro said Officer Jason Archabault followed the first vehicle onto I-93 northbound and stopped it with Officer Eric Arel. In what is termed a “felony stop,” an officer calls for back-up and the officers demand the occupants leave the vehicle and control their approach to the officers. In a traffic stop, on the other hand, the officer approaches the vehicle.
The vehicle was stopped on I-93 between exits 4 and 5 and Jones and Debreceni were taken into custody. A passenger in the back seat was not charged.
Jones was charged with Criminal Liability For the Conduct of Another. He was unable to post bail and was arraigned the next day and released on $5,000 personal recognizance bail. He has a July 16 Derry District Court date.
Debreceni was charged with Reckless Conduct, Placing Another in Danger and Criminal Threatening with the use of a Deadly Weapon. He was released on $1,000 cash bail with a Derry District Court of June 24.