Police seek surveillance video of North Adams Street as burglary investigation continues

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Police critical incident response van parked on North Adams Street on Jan. 23, 2019. Photo/Jeffrey Hastings

MANCHESTER, NH – Police Detectives continue to investigate a burglary and assault that took place on Jan. 23 on North Adams Street.

The victim was confirmed to be Sarah Lynch, former principal of Webster Elementary School, who was fired by the district in September. Lynch has filed a lawsuit against the district for wrongful termination.

Police on Thursday continued to seek leads in the case, and are hopeful someone in the vicinity of the 100 block of North Adams Street with a surveillance system may have captured footage of the suspect walking in the neighborhood between 11 and 11:30 a.m.

Anyone in the area of North Adams Street between Clark and Carpenter streets should contact Detective Scott Ardita at 603-792-5506.

Officers responded to Lynch’s residence at around 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday where they learned that a man unknown to Lynch entered her home and, once confronted by Lynch, assaulted her.

Sarah Lynch/file photo

An updated description of the burglar was provided by police as follows: White male in his late 20s or early 30s and approximately 6 feet tall with a stocky build. He was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and a winter style Patriots hat, with blue jeans and work boots. He had facial hair described as a chin-strap style beard with no mustache.

It is unknown if he fled on foot or in a vehicle.

Lynch reported to police that she was choked by the burglar with his hands and also with an electrical cord. She was taken to Elliot Hospital where she was treated for her injuries, and released.

A police K-9 track came up negative.

Anyone in the area observed a male matching the description, please contact the Manchester Police Detective Unit and reference MPD Case # 19-1084. The investigation is ongoing, police said.