Grand jury indicts Alton man charged with threatening to blow up police barracks
October 15, 2009
OSSIPEE — An Alton man who in August allegedly threatened to kill a State Trooper and an Ossipee Police Officer and blow up the State Police barracks in Tamworth has been indicted on three misdemeanor level criminal threatening charges.
A grand jury handed down the indictments against David Greenwaldt, 19, of 14 Juliet Lane, in Alton, on Oct. 3. An indictment isn't an indication of guilt. Rather, it means the grand jury believes there is enough evidence to proceed with a trial.
The events that led to the indictments began around 1 a.m. on Aug. 13 when Ossipee Officer Shane Emerson arrested and charged Greenwaldt with driving while intoxicated and unlawful possession of alcohol, according to court papers filed by State Trooper Michael O'Neill.
O'Neill writes that he was called to the scene to assist Emerson with the transportation of another individual who was also arrested.
Once in Emerson's cruiser, Greenwaldt began hurling obscenities and threats at O'Neill and Emerson.
"You don't know who you're dealing with, I know what you look like (expletive)," police documents quote Greenwaldt as saying. "I'm going to find you and (expletive) kill you. I'm going to shoot you with my nine (millimeter gun)."
He also threatened Emerson in the same fashion, according to police papers.
Police had to transport Greenwaldt to Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro because he injured himself by striking his head into the interior of Emerson's cruiser. Once at Huggins, he began threatening five members of the hospital staff.
"I'm going to come back and shoot you all, Bang! Bang! Bang," Greenwaldt allegedly said.
Then Greenwaldt allegedly turned his attention to threatening the officers again, according to the court papers. This time, police say he threatened to blow up the police barracks with Trooper O'Neill inside it. He also made more unusual threats.
"I'm going to head butt your jaw right off your face," Greenwaldt allegedly said.
Greenwaldt was released from the hospital and taken to Carroll County's jail in Ossipee where he consented to an intoxilyzer test with a result of .14 BRAC. As of Tuesday, Greenwaldt was being held on $10,000 personal recognizance bail because he is apparently unable to pay for electronic monitoring system if released, according to the county attorney's office.
Criminal threatening is a misdemeanor offence that's normally dealt with in District Court, which can impose a maximum sentence of a year. However, Greenwaldt was indicted in Superior Court because the threats are alleged to be against police officers and so he may face extended sentences between two and five years in prison for each charge.
Greenwaldt also faces another misdemeanor criminal threatening charge for threatening the hospital workers. He is not under indictment for threatening the hospital staff. However, that charge could be brought up at trial, said County Attorney Robin Gordon. Greenwaldt is scheduled for an arraignment on Oct. 21 at 8:45 a.m. in Superior Court.