CONCORD, NH — A homeless man was arrested after a month-long investigation into a robbery in Downtown Concord where a store clerk was assaulted, according to police.
Around 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 10, 2020, police were sent to Joe King’s Shoe Shop on North Main Street for a report of an attempted robbery. Dispatch told officers en route that a man punched a clerk in the face and fled the store with a pair of Adidas tennis shoes valued at around $60.
Officers spoke to the clerk, a man in his 20s, who was holding an ice pack on his face. The employee appeared “very shaken up,” a detective wrote in an affidavit.
According to two employees, a man was in the basement looking at shoes and a clerk went downstairs to speak with him. The clerk began questioning the man after seeing shoes sticking out of the man’s backpack, an affidavit said.
The employee continued to question the man about the shoes and then, the man moved to exit the store. A second employee saw the first employee following the man as he exited the store while attempting to retrieve the shoes. The suspect attempted to get on a bicycle to flee the area and the clerk attempted to grab the shoes from the suspect’s backpack. The man then “threw a punch and struck” the clerk in the face, the report said.
The employee said the man then threw the second shoe at the employee, the report stated. The suspect then rode off northbound on North Main Street.
The employee complained of blurry vision and was a bit disoriented but was able to grab one of shoes.
A description of the man was taken and a detective was assigned to the case 11 days after the incident.
During a follow-up interview on Oct. 1, 2020, the employee described the injury aftermath — a blooding nose, puffy face, but no broken bones. The employee also reported to the detective that the suspect was back in the store on Sept. 19, the report said. The employee also saw the suspect a day after the incident in the area of the dumpsters of the Durgin Block Garage on School Street, not far from the store. The employee also noted the suspect was seen wearing a black “603” sweatshirt.
That information as well as a surveillance photo was shared with other police officers and detectives on Oct. 6, 2020, and others in the department mentioned they had seen a man with that sweatshirt in different parts of town.
Later that day, the suspect was seen with a woman and they were able to identify him as Chad Matthew Dow, 38, a homeless man now located in Concord.
Around 11 a.m., the detective caught up with Dow, who was wearing the same “603” sweatshirt, and questioned him about the robbery. The detective accused Dow of having the same backpack described by the clerk during the robbery, too.
A check of Dow also found that he had an active warrant out of Merrimack County.
Dow, the affidavit stated, said he had been unemployed for about a decade, admitted to using heroin, and camping off Black Hill Road.
“Chad stared at me and never disputed my allegation that he committed the robbery,” the affidavit said. “I asked Chad why he struck the male employee in the face in the store and he stated, ‘I did not hit him in the store; we were outside the store.'”
The detective accused Dow of saying he couldn’t remember anything else about the incident and a Merrimack County sheriff’s employee picked him up on the county warrant.
An affidavit was issued against him on Dec. 11, 2020 and Dow was arrested on Feb. 15. He is due back in Merrimack County Superior Court on March 31 for a dispositional conference hearing.
According to court records, Dow pleaded guilty to two controlled drug: acts prohibited charges in December 2018. The case was reopened on a violation of probation or parole accusation in March 2020. He pleaded guilty to felony credit card fraud-$1,501+ in January 2014 after an incident in Ossipee.
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