March 24, 2018
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Pair of Maine men linked to NH robbery

By Samantha Allen, Foster's Daily Democrat

FARMINGTON, N.H. — Farmington police have announced the arrest of a third suspect in a robbery incident reported Jan. 12 at 316 Meetinghouse Hill Road. Details now reveal another suspect in the case allegedly brandished a machete and threatened a victim at the scene.

Matthew T. Roaf, 21, of 33 Second St., Lebanon, Maine, reportedly turned himself in at the Farmington police station on Wednesday and was charged with Class A felony counts of robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. His arrest was announced Friday by police and he has been released on $100,000 personal recognizance bail.

Roaf went to the police station after he was released from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He was transferred from Portsmouth Regional Hospital after suffering a gunshot wound to the torso during the incident on Friday, Jan. 11. Roaf allegedly first told police he was shot while riding a four-wheeler in Barrington.

Earlier this week, Farmington police arrested Stephen Roy, 24, of Lords Court, Somersworth, and charged him with robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. Roy reportedly suffered a gunshot wound to the head in the Friday incident and checked himself out of York Hospital in Maine after refusing to cooperate with investigating authorities. He was arraigned in Rochester Circuit Court and is being held in the Strafford County House of Corrections on $100,000 cash bail given his lengthy criminal history.

Joshua Dionne, 27, of Market Street, North Berwick, Maine, is the third suspect in the case who was arrested Tuesday night. Dionne also has been charged with robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery and is being detained in Maine for a parole violation and for being a fugitive from justice. He soon will be taken back to New Hampshire to face his Farmington charges.

Investigators from the Farmington Police Department and New Hampshire State Police say they are investigating the shooting incident and will not comment further on the circumstances leading up to the shooting. Court documents reveal, however, investigators believe Roaf, Roy and Dionne conspired to commit a robbery at the Meetinghouse Hill Road residence.

In filed complaints at Rochester court, police allege Roy entered the Meetinghouse Hill Road residence with a machete and demanded drugs and money from a person there. Police say the machete was a deadly weapon “in the manner it was threatened to be used.” The complaints also allege Dionne drove Roaf and Roy to the residence and he waited for them outside in a truck.

Both Roaf and Roy’s bail conditions prohibit them from having any contact with the robbery victim. Roy also has been prohibited from contacting Roaf, Dionne and a number of other people. Roaf must abide by a curfew during his release on personal recognizance bail.

Farmington police said in a press release additional details will be released when it is determined that releasing this information will not “jeopardize or interfere with the investigation.”

Roaf will face a hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

Those with information regarding the case are urged to call Detective Brian Driscoll at 755-2731, ext. 105. Information can be given anonymously by calling the department’s Crimeline at 755-9797.

Distributed by MCT Information Services

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