A transient man is facing decades in prison after he allegedly assaulted two police officers and attempted to kidnap a woman as she held her two-year-old child during an incident in Rochester, NH.

Raul Vides, 33, has been indicted by a grand jury at Strafford County Superior Court in Dover on two charges of attempted kidnapping, two charges of enhanced simple assault and a robbery charge. These charges relate to an incident that allegedly took place on June 26.

Vides faces up to 76 years in prison if convicted.

According to an affidavit in his case file, on the night in question police officers were called to the BP gas station on South Main Street in Rochester for the report of a disturbance.

The officers allegedly learned from witnesses at the scene that the suspect had gotten onto a Coast bus and left.

A short time later, Rochester police responded to a disturbance at the Lilac Mall on Milton Road. It was determined that Vides was the same person causing the disturbances, according to the affidavit.

During an altercation prior to police arresting Vides, he allegedly shook the contents of a soda onto a police officer and hit that officer in the chest with the can.

Two officers arrived on the scene to help with the arrest and Vides allegedly struck one of the responding officers in the head with a handcuff that was already locked on his wrist.

A search revealed Vides had heroin in his possession, according to the affidavit.

After the arrest, an officer took statements from two women who said Vides was aggressively looking for a ride. The first woman was the one who reported the disturbance at BP gas station.

The second woman was leaving Lilac Mall when she noticed a man trying to get into a car. She said she heard a man and woman screaming for someone to call the police.

According to the affidavit, the woman ran to her truck when Vides spotted her. 

Vides allegedly climbed into the back of the truck and told the woman that if she did not drive, he would kill her and her family.

The woman had her child on her lap during the incident, according to the affidavit.

Vides left and went into the Dollar Tree after another vehicle pulled up and the woman was asked if she was all right.

Other witnesses said on June 26 that Vides was disoriented and violent, according to the affidavit.

Vides was transported to Strafford County House of Corrections. He was released into a bail supervisory program in July, according to an official at the jail.

Vides was indicted on Aug. 19.

Additional charges include three counts of possession of a controlled substance.

A dispositional conference is scheduled for Oct. 5, according to court records.

Contact Managing News Editor Kimberley Haas at Kimberley.Haas@townsquaremedia.com. 

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