Man Leaves Bloody Palm Prints on Stranger's Door, House
The following is based on reports from the Portsmouth Police Department. An arrest does not indicate a conviction.
Portsmouth police made the following arrests this week.
Man allegedly leaves bloody palm print at stranger's door
Thomas Schlip, 47, of 80 Locust Ave., Portsmouth, was arrested on March 18 at 8 a.m. after a report of a rude awakening overnight.
The incident began on March 18 at 2:30 a.m., when residents of Valley Lane, Portsmouth, were awoken by someone ringing their doorbell.
The residents found a man asking for a woman. The man was apparently bleeding from his hands. He also left blood from his hands on the door and house siding, police say.
The man, later identified as Schlip, left the area. Police searched for the man for an hour after the incident was reported at 3 a.m.
At 8 a.m., police received a report from a 53-year-old Portsmouth woman, who told police she received threatening text messages from Schlip. The sender allegedly stated he would not be happy unless she "was buried in the ground," according to police.
Officers later located Schlip at home. He still had blood on his hands. According to police, he admitted going to the wrong residence in the middle of night looking for the woman.
Schlip was charged with domestic, making threatening phone calls, and vandalism.
When asked how his hands became bloody, Schlip allegedly told police he believed it was "going through brush" to find the house.
Southern Comfort found after vehicle strikes stone pillar
Police arrested Eric Emerson, 18, of 14 Flint Corn Road, Portsmouth, on March 16 at 3:30 p.m. after a vehicle struck a stone pillar.
Emerson was charged with obstruction of an officer, possession of alcohol by a minor and possession of a false ID.
Police responded to Glen Road at Glen Farm Road for for a motor vehicle accident. A vehicle, operated by Emerson, struck a stone pillar at the entrance of Glen Farm Road.
Witnesses told police two men had fled scene. Emerson remained behind and spoke to police. Emerson also sustained an injury to his forehead.
When asked about the two passengers, Emerson allegedly stated there was no one else in car. However, witnesses had photographed the other two. Emerson was then placed under arrest and charged with obstruction.
Police later discovered a bottle of Southern Comfort in the teen's jacket pocket along with a fake ID. Emerson was released with a court summons.
Vehicle strikes fire hydrant, collides with house
Police arrested Charity Logan, 23, of 113 Cedar Ave., Portsmouth, on March 16 at 4:20 p.m. after the vehicle she was operating struck a fire hydrant and collided with a house.
Logan was charged with driving under the influence (DUI), obstruction and driving without a license.
Police were called to a motor vehicle crash on Park Avenue at Oak Street. A vehicle had struck a fire hydrant and then collided with the side of a house at 458 Park Ave. No one was inside the house at the time of the crash.
Logan allegedly told police a male passenger was the vehicle operator. However, evidence pointed to Logan as the driver. She later admitted to police she was operating the vehicle.
Police also detected an aroma of alcohol coming from Logan. She failed a field sobriety test and was transported to the police station, where results from a Blood Alcohol Count (BAC) test showed limits below the legal amount at .062. She was then transported to the hospital for further tests.
The vehicle sustained disabling front-end damage. The house sustained siding damage.
Massachusetts man arrested on DUI charge
Christopher Suneson, 24, Taunton, MA, was arrested on March 16 at 11:30 p.m. after police responded to reports of an erratic vehicle on East Main Road at Hargraves Drive.
Police say they detected an aroma of alcohol when the vehicle was stopped. The driver allegedly slurred his speech.
Suneson failed a field sobriety test and allegedly refused a chemical test at headquarters. He was charged with DUI and refusal.
Man allegedly chokes woman; woman fights back
William Freeman, 46, Newport, was arrested on March 16 at 11:30 p.m.
Freeman was charged with his third offense of domestic, simple assault, a felony; and violation of a no-contact order.
Police say Freeman got into an argument with a 49-year-old Portsmouth woman. During the argument, he reportedly began choking her with his hands around her neck.
According to police, she punched him in the eye and hit him with her cell phone in self-defense. He then passed out on the couch. When officers arrived, they saw the victim still had red marks around her neck.
Freeman was arrested. Police later learned of an existing no-contact order between Freeman and the woman.
Man allegedly shoves ex-girlfriend's mother
Police arrested Madison Tate, 24, of Fall River, MA, on March 18 t 1:15 p.m. He was charged with domestic, disorderly conduct and regular, simple assault.
Tate allegedly visited a Buckwheat Avenue residence, wishing to speak to a 19-year-old woman he had a previous relationship with, according to police. The two recently broke up, police said.
Tate, however, allegedly wanted some of his items back. The ex-girlfriend's mother told Tate he could not go in her daughter's car to search for the items.
The man allegedly became upset, yelled vulgarities and pushed the mother aside to search in the woman's car. He then left the area.
Tate was later arrested by Middletown police on a 24-hour domestic warrant.