Armed robbery suspect arrested following Ossipee standoff



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A NH STATE TROOPER secures the perimeter around the house at 70 Nichols Rd. in West Ossipee where armed robbery suspect, Jeremy Q. Curtis, 40, of Hanover, Mass., was hiding last Thursday, Jan. 6. The standoff lasted five hours before SWAT team members entered the house and arrested Curtis.(Mellisa Ferland photo) (click for larger version)
January 13, 2011
OSSIPEE —Jeremy Q. Curtis, 40, of Hanover, Mass. was arrested on Jan. 6 after a five-hour standoff ended when a NH State Police SWAT team entered a Nichols Road home and took him into custody.

Curtis faces no charges here but was charged with being a fugitive from justice out of Massachusetts.

According to Ossipee Police Lt. James Eldridge, a 911 call came in for police to respond to a possible hostage situation and overdose at 70 Nichols Road at 7:30 a.m. Just prior to that call, Hanson, Mass. Police Department was relaying information to Ossipee Police that Curtis was a suspect in an armed robbery.

It was an eventful 24 hours for Curtis. According to Eldridge, Curtis is accused of robbing a Sunoco gas station attendant at gunpoint just before noon on Jan. 5. In addition to the fugitive and robbery charge, Curtis is likely to be charged with assaulting a police officer as he allegedly tried to hit two officers with the white pickup he was driving after the robbery. A police pursuit ensued with Curtis hitting a pole while attempting to reverse direction. According to police he then went to his mother's house in Hanover, Mass. where he traded the white pickup for a black PT Cruiser and headed to New Hampshire.

Whether he was being held against his will or agreed to accompany the "despondent" Curtis, his cousin came to New Hampshire with him, said Eldridge. At some point at the Nichols Road home, said Eldridge, Curtis told his cousin (whose name is not being released) to get out of the house. The cousin managed to first retrieve the .45 caliber handgun which he then gave to police.

Due to officer safety concerns and the probability there might be other weapons in the house and that Curtis could be armed, said Eldridge, NH State Police were called in to assist. They helped secure the perimeter, blocking all traffic from entering Nichols Road from Route 16 in West Ossipee.

According to state police, the NH State Police Special Weapons and Tactics Team was deployed along with a member of the Explosive Ordinance Unit equipped with a robotic camera, "On arrival to the residence the robotic camera was deployed and upon securement of the interior of the residence, SWAT members entered the home where they found Curtis unconscious in a second floor bedroom," the press release states.

Curtis was arrested and taken to Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro at about 12:30 p.m. West Ossipee Fire Department, Ossipee Valley EMS, Carroll County Sheriff's Office, Madison Police Department and the Belknap County Sheriff's department all assisted with the incident.

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