Man Killed ‘Similar’ to Robbery Suspect
Lebanon — Preliminary evidence suggests that the Grafton man shot to death by police last week after allegedly robbing a store in Vermont may have committed two armed robberies in Lebanon last month, though police say they have no conclusive proof and may never be certain.
Lebanon Police Lt. Phil Roberts said that a hat and sweatshirt worn by the robber in Bellows Falls, Vt., store match descriptions of clothing worn by an armed robber who targeted The Little Store and Family Dollar.
Additionally, physical descriptions provided by Lebanon store clerks match the build of 51-year-old Larry Bohannon , Roberts said.
“We have compared some of the clothing items — some of the items match or are similar,” Roberts said. “I’m not in a position to say (Bohannon) is our guy. Obviously, without a suspect to interview ... we’re not going to close it out. There’s enough similarities, it’s a possibility it’s our guy.”
Police, Roberts said, are still investigating potential ties between the Upper Valley robberies and Bohannon, who was shot by officers in Walpole, N.H., last Friday. But, given that the robber did not steal physical items that could be recovered and tied directly to the Lebanon stores, police cannot rule out the possibility that someone else is responsible, Roberts said.
Meanwhile, nearly a week after Bohannon was killed after his truck crashed while fleeing from police, the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office has refused to provide details of the incident.
Authorities have not identified the officers who fired shots, why they fired and whether Bohannon brandished or fired a gun in the moments before he was killed.
Senior Assistant Attorney General Janice Rundles yesterday said that a preliminary report would likely be released early next week.
“We don’t want to release the information in bits and pieces until we have a full review of all the circumstances,” Rundles said
When authorities first announced the shooting last weekend, they said they would release additional information early this week.
Police say that shortly before he was shot on Friday, Bohannon robbed an office supply store in Bellows Falls at gunpoint at 4:16 p.m. He fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money and was seen by witnesses speeding from downtown in a dark-colored pickup truck, according to officials.
The store clerk was not hurt.
Lebanon Circuit Court records show that Bohannon in recent years was trying to evade not only police, but also his ex-wife and two young children.
His ex-wife filed for divorce in June 2011 after they had been married for nearly three years. (The next month, Bohannon received a 90-day suspended jail sentence for threatening to beat up a man in March 2011 in the parking lot of the Evans Expressmart on Route 4 in Canaan, and squealing his tires in the parking lot.) The divorce case was slowed because Bohannon apparently never filed written responses in court or attended court hearings.
“I do not know his whereabouts,” his ex-wife wrote in a court filing. “He has multiple warrants out for his arrest and will not contact me.”
In a later filing, she wrote that Bohannon was “hiding from the cops and his whereabouts are unknown.” She said she believed he was likely in the Putney, Vt., area.
“I would like to get this divorce over with and be able to move on with my life,” she said. “I filed for divorce before he left town. He is not supporting his children.”
In September 2012, after Bohannon repeatedly declined to participate in the legal proceeding, Judge Lawrence MacLeod approved the divorce, and granted sole custody of the children to his ex-wife.
By then, Bohannon was already hiding out. At the time of his conviction for the Canaan offenses, he was on parole for convictions in 1994 and 1995 of kidnapping two people in New Hampshire and Vermont with another man.
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