Claremont Suspects Plead Not Guilty
Men Charged In Separate Robberies
Newport — Two Claremont men indicted by a Sullivan County Grand Jury in separate robberies of convenience stores in December and January pleaded not guilty Friday at their arraignments and remain held on cash bail.
Judge Brian Tucker supported Sullivan County Attorney Marc Hathaway’s request for $100,000 cash bail for Travis Truell, 29, despite arguments by his public defender, Joseph Frankel, that the amount is “excessive.”
Frankel said Truell has “strong ties to the area,” and was not a flight risk, and alleged a “bias” in the witness statements of his former girlfriend, who identified Truell as the person in the store video.
E-Z Mart Robbery
Truell, 30, is alleged to have robbed the E-Z Mart on Maple Avenue Jan. 16.
When he approached the clerk, Truell held put his hand, possibly with another object, in his jacket pocket, pointing it at the clerk and leading her to believe he had a gun, according to court documents.
Hathaway also introduced new evidence against Truell at the arraignment that was not part of the police affidavit. He said Truell called his father and told him he “needed money and was going to commit a robbery.”
Elroy Truell tried to talk his son out of it saying, “it was not worth it,” Hathaway continued.
After he fled the store, Truell trekked through the woods to the end of Wheelock Road and called his father to pick him up. When the elder Truell asked his son what happened, Travis replied, “none of your business,” Hathaway told Judge Tucker.
Truell’s past criminal record of convictions for burglary, three theft charges and violation of probation also factored into the judge’s ruling on bail.
Jiffy Mart Robbery
Perry, 25, is alleged to have robbed the Jiffy Mart on Elm Street December 31 and used the money to buy drugs. Tucker set bail at $25,000 cash, less than Hathaway’s request for $100,000 cash but more than the $100,000 personal recognizance sought by his public defender, Frankel.
“Personal recognizance is low given the circumstances and history that does show
Mr. Perry does not do what he is supposed to do,” Tucker said.
Hathaway went through Perry’s long list of misdemeanor convictions in New Hampshire including sexual assault and several counts of simple assault and resisting arrest. In Vermont he has been convicted of burglary, simple assault and unlawful mischief.
In arguing for personal recognizance, Frankel said his client can’t access substance abuse treatment pretrial and if released he could follow through with that treatment.