Claremont Police think they know who did it
CLAREMONT, NH - Police are searching for a 31-year-old Claremont woman who they believe was one of two assailants who jumped, stabbed and robbed a Dominos driver after he got out of his car on Trinity Street right in the heart of downtown Claremont during the pre-dawn hours on Saturday morning to deliver a pizza.
Claremont Police said the Dominos driver, whose name is being withheld and who was subsequently treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Valley Regional Hospital and released, was lured to an apartment on a residential section of Trinity Street, which is only two blocks as the crow flies from Opera House Square, by someone who placed a food order.
Two robbers, both of whom were brandishing weapons, attacked the delivery driver when he arrived at the apartment, police said, adding that during the attack the victim was stabbed several times and a small amount of money was stolen from him.
"The attack was interrupted by an alert neighbor who intervened and exclaimed that she was going to call the police," Claremont Police explained later on Saturday morning, "The suspects fled the scene on foot, running up Trinity Street in the direction of Franklin Street."
Claremont Police believe that one of the attackers was Debra Pitts, 31, of Claremont and they are actively looking for her. Pitts has long "dirty blonde" hair which was held up in a bun and witnesses said was wearing a red-and-gray sweatshirt or jacket.
The other assailant is being described as a white male with a slender build, a goatee and dark short hair, wearing a dark colored sweatshirt.
Claremont Police said they are reviewing surveillance footage from nearby locations to see if cameras in the downtown might show the pair either arriving prior to the armed robbery or fleeing the area.
As the investigation unfolded Saturday morning they reported recovering a vehicle they think may have been involved in the incident.
The Claremont Police have been assisted in their investigation by the New Hampshire State Police and the Charlestown Police Department.
Anyone with any information is urged to contact Claremont Police Captain Brent Wilmot at (603) 542-9538 or the tip line at (603) 542-7026.
Debra Pitts was one of the three people convicted in connection with a bizarre attempted robbery at the Walgreens in West Lebanon back in 2013. One of her co-defendants, Stanley Sousa, strapped pieces of an old video game console to his chest and announced to the pharmacists there that he was going to set off the "bomb" if they did not hand over prescription drugs. Instead, the pharmacists called police and Pitts ended up receiving a 2-to-4 year prison sentence as an accomplice. That sentence was entirely suspended and she was placed on four years of probation which has a 2018 expiration date.
Stanley Sousa, Pitts' co-defendant in the 2013 fake bomb extortion plot, was just arrested earlier this week after Lebanon Police said he and his current girlfriend allegedly set up a small meth lab in the woods next to the Lebanon Airport and "cooked up" a batch of methamphetamine.
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