Thursday May 23, 2013

HINSDALE, N.H. -- A 40-year-old Virginia man was arrested in Hinsdale Wednesday night, after evading police in at least two states in a stolen vehicle.

Joshua Converse of Richmond, Va., was charged with several violations, including an outstanding warrant. According to police, Converse is also a fugitive from Virginia where he is wanted for a parole violation. He is being held at the Cheshire County House of Correction pending arraignment later today.

Converse was allegedly first discovered in a home in East Dummerston, Vt., just before noon on Wednesday. According to police, he fled the area after being confronted by the homeowner. However, the homeowner was able to get the vehicle registration prior to Converse fleeing the scene, and provided it to the Vermont State Police.

Vermont authorities discovered the vehicle had been reported stolen in Virginia.

A short time later, officers from the Brattleboro (Vt.) Police Department located the stolen vehicle traveling south on Putney Road. The officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but the operator "actively attempt(ed) to elude the officers and proceeded into the town of Hinsdale." Hinsdale Police was alerted to the incident just after noon as Brattleboro officers pursued the suspect onto Monument Road, where the driver "bailed out" after driving into a field in a residential area and ran into the woods.

Police established a perimeter, closed several roads and requested a K-9 from the Keene Police Department to assist in the effort to locate the suspect.

At this time, Hinsdale schools were notified as a precaution, due to the students' pending release from the normal school day. Students due to be transported to the area of the search were held at the school to be picked up by a parent, unless they were being taken directly to a waiting parent.

"At no time was the school staff or students in any danger and there was no need to issue a lockdown order," Hinsdale Police stated in a release.

Police followed up on several tips, but suspended the search at about 4:45 p.m. Representatives from Hinsdale Police and the Cheshire County Sheriff's Department spoke with residents throughout the affected neighborhood and asked them to "remain vigilant and report any suspicious person or activity in the area."

At about 8:45 p.m., Hinsdale officers were alerted to a suspicious male suspect in the area of 106 Monument Road. Corp. Michale Bomba and Officer Gerald Palmer responded to the area and located the suspect, who again attempted to flee.

He was apprehended and identified as Converse.

Converse was charged with resisting arrest, possession of a controlled drug, loitering and prowling, receiving stolen property, criminal mischief and an outstanding warrant.

"This case remains under investigation by multiple jurisdictions and additional charges are likely to be filed," Hinsdale Police stated in a release.