New Hampshire couple arrested, charged in Lebanon shooting

Posted Jan. 16, 2013, at 7:51 p.m.

LEBANON, Maine — A man and woman from Somersworth, N.H., have been arrested and charged with aggravated assault for their roles in a burglary attempt that resulted in the shooting of a Lebanon homeowner last week.

Ronald Bauer, 47, and Susan Gutierrez, 48, were taken into custody around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in Somersworth as they were leaving a friend’s apartment on Green Street, according to a press release from Stephen McCausland, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman.

The couple were apprehended thanks to a coordinated effort by various police agencies in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

Both were taken to the Strafford County Jail in Dover, N.H., and are being held on fugitive from justice charges. McCausland said they will be returned to Maine to face elevated aggravated assault charges — Class A felonies — in connection with the shooting of Richard Potorski, who interrupted a burglary at his home last Tuesday, Jan. 8. Potorski was shot by an intruder, who then stole Potorski’s black Ford Explorer, which was parked in the driveway, and fled the scene.

The Explorer was later recovered after it had been abandoned near a loading dock in the parking lot of a Big Lots store in Rochester, N.H.

McCausland’s release says Potorski, 41, remains hospitalized in serious condition at Maine Medical Center in Portland for a gunshot wound to the right shoulder.

Potorski’s wife came home and discovered her wounded husband. She called 911 and he was flown to the Portland hospital.

Police say the couple were burglarizing Potorski’s home to feed their drug habits.

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