MANCHESTER, NH – Detective Michael Lavallee was operating an unmarked police vehicle at 6:10 p.m. on Aug. 14 when he encountered a man crossing Union Street. Detective Lavallee was stopped at a traffic light on Union Street when he noticed the man walking on the east side of Union Street approaching Spruce Street. The man quickly changed directions and walked directly in front of Detective Lavellee’s vehicle.
The man, later identified as Enrique Castro, 42, of Manchester, made direct eye contact with the detective as he lifted his shirt to display the handle of what appeared to be a revolver-style handgun. The detective thought Castro intentionally displayed the handgun in an attempt to intimidate him. Det. Lavallee turned his vehicle around in an attempt to stop Castro, who was now walking north on Union Street.
Unbeknownst to Det. Lavallee, Officers Ryan Hardy and Michael McGee were also working in the area. The uniformed officers stopped Castro on Union Street after they witnessed the incident involving Det. Lavallee, and located a revolver-style pistol tucked in his waistband. Officers then checked Castrol’s backpack, which contained another revolver style handgun, more than $1,600 in cash, 140.3 grams of crack cocaine, 15.7 grams of cocaine and .2 grams of marijuana.
The drugs, two pellet guns and cash were seized and placed into evidence. Castro was taken into custody without incident and charged with; felon in possession, possession of controlled drug with intent to distribute, possession of controlled drug and criminal threatening. He is scheduled to appear in the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester on August 15, 2017.
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