Farm Worker Comes Face to Face with Suspect Wanted in Lee, NH
A woman who works at a UNH research farm was going about her routine when one of the men New Hampshire State Police were looking for on Sunday night was standing outside her window Monday morning.
On Sunday night, Lee police officials issued an alert on their Facebook page warning residents to lock their homes and vehicles as they searched for a man but did not disclose why. There was an increased police presence in the area of Lee Hook Rd., Route 152 and Tuttle Road, according to police.
State Police said were notified about a black Cadillac sedan traveling north on Route 125 in the southbound lane Sunday afternoon around 5:30 p.m. being pursued by Kingston Police. As the pursuit passed the Troop A barracks in Epping, troopers joined the pursuit.
After breaking off the pursuit, the Cadillac was found abandoned in Lee. A K9 unit located one of the two individuals, Shane Eisener, 45, of Sanford, Maine, according to State Police.
A search continued through the night for the second suspect, James Curit, 36, of Kingston, who was located around 7 a.m. Monday morning, state police officials said.
Eisener was charged with resisting arrest and on an open warrant from the Rockingham County Superior Court while Curit was charged with operating after suspension, disobeying a police officer, reckless operation, reckless conduct, and possession of drugs.
Additional charges are likely pending for both, according to officials.
An Unusual Sunday Night at the Barn
An employee who arrived for work at the UNH Organic Dairy Research Farm at Burley-Demeritt on Tuttle Road in Lee told Seacoast Current how she met one of the suspects.
The employee asked for her name not to used in this report.
"All of a sudden I see this random guy and he's looking in this window and I'm like 'Is this the guy?' Then he looks through the window as I look through the door and he's like 'Do you have a phone?'" the worker said.
She reported that the man's pants were covered in mud and manure from being in the pasture.
The worker said she did not have a phone. He then asked if there was an office phone which she also responded negatively.
He man asked if she had a job application for him. She said she would have to speak with her boss which gave her time to go to an office area and call 911.
Within two or three minutes, police were at the barn taking the man into custody, according to the worker, who called the experience nerve-wracking but was impressed by how well she handled the situation.
"I'm very surprised I did such quick thinking. My mom said 'You could have hurt yourself.' But doing it the way I did I stayed so calm. I was in a good mood this morning. There was no way I could ruin that. He didn't alarm me so I wasn't too scared," she said.
"Everything clicked for me and I'm just glad my brain worked that way this morning."
She also credited the boss for looking out for her fellow workers by staying at the farm all night.
"My boss was sleeping with one eye open. He was there as soon as I walked in this morning. He had UNH police officers protecting us because mostly women work barn duty most of the day. He was worried and didn't want us to get hurt so he was awake," she said.
State Police asked anyone with information about this incident to call them at 603-223-8490.