July 20, 2017
Shortly after 6:30 AM this morning Portsmouth Police received a phone call reporting a suspicious male inside of Dunkin Donuts at 531 Islington Street. The male suspect was describes as being “out of it” and was in possession of a firearm. No threats were made and the firearm was described as being removed from the suspect’s waistband and placed on a chair.
Portsmouth officers arrived within minutes and located the male suspect inside the business. Officers searched the suspect and recovered a loaded semi-automatic handgun from his waistband. This is the same weapon described as being on the chair. The subject was identified as;
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Cross was then arrested for Disorderly Conduct. As officers ran checks on Cross it was discovered that he had been previously convicted of multiple felony level offenses which constituted as additional charge of Felon in Possession of a Deadly Weapon.
Shortly after taking Cross into custody Portsmouth Police received 5 reports of vehicles in the vicinity of Islington Street that were broken into and items were stolen. One of those reports was a subject who reported his firearm was stolen from inside his vehicle. Officers were able to positively identify the firearm recovered on Cross as the same firearm reported stolen. Cross was then charged with Receiving Stolen Property.
Several hours after his arrest the police department received a report from a resident of Barberry Lane that they heard several gunshots during the early morning hours. The Detective Division and the department’s K-9 Unit are investigating this report as possibly being related to Cross’s arrest.
The Portsmouth Police Detective Division is assisting with the investigation by processing evidence and conducting additional investigative measures. The investigation is ongoing and it is possible there will be additional charges.
Cross was held on $25,000 cash bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned in the 10th Circuit Court Portsmouth on July 21st .
The Portsmouth Police Department would like to remind all residents to lock their vehicles and secure valuables. Oftentimes simple preventative measures can discourage criminal activity. Anyone with information that may be relevant to the above investigation is encouraged to call Portsmouth Police at (603) 427-1500.
Prepared by Lt. Michael Maloney Patrol Division