Date of Release: Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Reference: Trespassing Arrest
On September 18, 2007 at 0232hrs the Portsmouth Police received a call about an argument that could be heard coming from the area of an abandoned warehouse/restaurant (the former Pier II Restaurant at 10 State Street) down by the Portsmouth waterfront area and Prescott Park. Responding officers located the source of the argument to be within the boarded up and posted no trespassing warehouse that was formerly a fish market for Pier II Restaurant.
All ground level doors and windows were secure and/or boarded up however officers climbing onto a collapsed dock and using chairs to prop themselves up, located a door on the second floor that had been forced open. Once inside Officers located
54 Lafayette Road
North Hampton, NH
(charged with Criminal Trespass, Criminal Mischief and Criminal Threatening-released on $5,000PR bail with a court date 10-15-07)
20 Islington Street
(charged with criminal trespass-released on $2,000 PR bail with a court date of 10-15-07)
inside. The inside of the building was very dark, the structure in poor condition with holes it the floor, pieces of ceiling that had fallen, beer bottles and cans strewn about, distinctive urine smell and human feces on the old flooring. Both Smith and Polansky were taken into custody for criminal trespassing.
In the process of handcuffing Polansky and Smith, Officers discovered a third individual lying down on the dark floor. He was identified as
No Fixed Address
(charged with criminal trespass and attempted assault on Police Officer-released on $3,00 PR bail with a court date of 10-15-07)
Upon being awakened Cantwell does not comply with officers verbal commands instead assumes a combat posture, swears at the officers and then lunges at the officers. One of the officers was able to subdue Cantwell with the use of a taser prior to Cantwell making contact with the officers. Cantwell then submitted to officers instructions and was handcuffed. The Portsmouth Fire Department assisted on scene by breaking open a ground floor door so that the Officers and handcuffed prisoners could leave the building in a safer manner.
If anyone has additional information, we would like them to contact Portsmouth Police Department at 603-610-7406 or if you wish to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 431-1199, in Maine at 439-1199, or on the web at www.seacoastcrimestoppers.org.
Released by Capt. David Ferland for Police Chief Michael J. Magnant.
Media contact info phone number for questions is 603-610-4706 (Shift Commander).