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Date of Release: October 24th, 2008
Reference: Barricaded subject with a knife

During the early evening hours, approximately 7:16 PM, on October 24th, 2008, the Portsmouth Police Department received a call from the staff at the Sunbridge Care and Rehab Center, Jones Ave, Portsmouth, stating that a resident with a knife had entered the room of another resident and barricaded himself in the room.

Officers arrived at the scene and Officer Mike Kotsonis approached the outside window to the room and engaged the suspect in conversation. Officer Eric Benson joined Officer Kotsonis at the window and the officers observed a male suspect standing with his back to the door to the room. That door was shut and a nurse’s cart had been pushed up against the door. The officers also observed that the suspect had a knife in his right hand. The knife was a pocket style knife and the blade was open. The officers could not determine what the subject’s intentions were and the subject refused to drop the knife.

The male resident who lives in the room was in a bed next to the window.

Officer Nicole Mercer, Officer Peter Sheldon and Lt. Rodney McQuate entered the building and found that the door to the room, the suspect was in, opened up into a room where several residents were gathered. The Sunbridge staff moved those residents to another part of the building.

The officers inside the building forced their way into the room and immediately forced the suspect to the ground and took the knife away from him.

There were no injuries during the incident and the suspect was in custody at approximately 7:32 PM.

The suspect has been identified as:
Charles Cruikshank
Date of birth 02-12-17

Cruikshank was transported by police to the Portsmouth Regional Hospital for evaluation.

He is being charged with:
Felony Attempted Assault
Simple Assault
Disorderly Conduct
Resisting arrest

Cruikshank was released on $5000.00 Personal Recognizance from police custody at the hospital pending his evaluation

Because of the teamwork and professionalism of each officer and dispatcher the suspect was taken into custody, and was given the medical attention he needed, without anyone getting injured and without injury to the suspect.

The staff at the Sunbridge Care and Rehab Center acted quickly to move patients out of harms way at the time of this incident.

Released by Lieutenant Corey F. MacDonald, Uniformed Patrol Division, for Chief Michael J. Magnant.


 Emergency Dial 911, Portsmouth Police Department, 3 Junkins Avenue, Portsmouth, NH 03801, Tel: (603) 427-1500