It’s complicated: City man charged in Concord home invasion and burglary

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The victim of the original home invasion was later arrested for drug possession/sales.
Nathan Lemire
Nathan Lemire

MANCHESTER, NH – Nathan Lemire, 31, of Manchester, was arrested April 16 at his High Street home in connection with an April 10 home invasion/burglary in Concord (detailed below).

Lemire was arrested at about 4 p.m. by members of the United States Marshals Service Joint Fugitive Task Force assisted by Manchester Police Det. Dan Doherty of the Special Enforcement Division.

Detectives from the Concord Police Department requested assistance from the task force after warrants were granted for Lemire. The original Concord charges, robbery and two counts of criminal threatening, were the result of the alleged home invasion that occurred on April 10 which, according to a Concord Police narrative, began at about 11:20 p.m. when officers from the Concord Police Department responded to Thorndike Street for a report of an armed robbery. The victim reported that a man had entered his residence and pointed a gun at him and his 11-year-old son.

Police later learned that one of the men had been allowed into the apartment by the victim. Moments later a second man, later identified as Lemire, entered the apartment armed with a handgun. Police believe the two men were working together to commit the robbery.

Police also believed that the incident was not random, and that the victim was targeted due to drug sales.

Concord detectives investigating the incident developed probable cause to conduct a search of the apartment on Thorndike Street and on April 14 they used a search warrant to go through the apartment and found quantities of heroin, methamphetamines, cocaine and marijuana.

John Henry Cowdrey
John Henry Cowdrey

Detectives also found other evidence to suggest that drugs were being sold from that apartment. Detectives arrested John Henry Cowdrey, 48, of Concord, who was the original victim in the April 10 home invasion. He was charged with possession of controlled drugs and possession with intent to sell, both felonies; possession of a controlled drug, a misdemeanor, and endangering the welfare of a child.

Cowdrey’s son was at school at the time of his arrest and was turned over to other family members.

Randy Alcantara
Randy Alcantara

At about the same time, detectives arrested Randy Alcantara, 39, of Derry, who is believed, along with Lemire, to have been involved in the April 10 home invasion.

A warrant was issued for his arrest on April 14 for conspiracy to commit robbery, a felony; criminal restraint, a felony, and criminal liability, a felony. On April 16 at approximately 2 a.m. Londonderry Police arrested Alcantara on the Concord PD warrant during a traffic stop. He was turned over to Concord Police where he was processed and ordered held on $15,000 cash bail.

Lemire was arrested later on April 16, as detailed above. Lemire was turned over to Concord Police detectives and later refused bail. He was transported to the Merrimack County House of Corrections and Jail to await arraignment. Lemire was allegedly in possession of a firearm during the arrest. He was charged locally with armed career criminal and felon in possession of a deadly weapon. He was listed on the court docket for April 17, 2015.

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