Claim: A man named Adrian Merced assaulted his girlfriend and may escape justice.
Example: [Collected via Facebook, October 2014]
So I am asking all of my friends especially those with ties to Haverhill to share this status.. My
As of 8 October 2014, that post had been shared more than 24,000 times and garnered more than 7,000 likes, and the rapid virality of that offering led many to seek information on the man identified in the photo and the incident presented in the accompanying account.
The Daily Sun newspaper of Laconia, New Hampshire, published an article on
According to police affidavits filed with the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division, police initially responded to the victim’s apartment Saturday at 1:57 a.m. in answer to a 911 call. When they arrived they saw the victim had a cut on her head and Merced said she had accidentally fallen into a mirror.
At this point the victim also told police she had fallen. She was taken to Lakes Region General Hospital for treatment.
[Affidavits] said when police went to the hospital a few hours later to speak to her, she told them that she wanted an emergency order of protection regarding Merced, which was then granted by a circuit court judge.
Merced was the hospital at that time and was served in hand at
At 4:19 p.m., police responded a second time to Union Avenue and the victim reported that Merced had sent her numerous text messages that began at
The victim told the officer that Merced threw her to the ground, threw her into the mirror — breaking it — and her threw her to the ground. In his criminal complaints, Merced is described as being 6-feet 3-[inches] tall and weighing
At the hospital the victim received
A mug shot of the Adrian Merced currently being held in Belknap County Jail in Laconia also matches that of the person pictured above, and a local police log reported the arrest of Merced for violating a protective order. (The jail record and police log both record Merced’s age as 26, not 24.) Merced was arraigned in Laconia on
Last updated: 9 October 2014
Laconia Daily Sun. “Bradford Man Accused of Assault on Laconia Woman in Her Apartment.” 7 October 2014.