Newport Man Charged with Felony Domestic Assault and Theft of a Vehicle

(Lebanon Police Dept).

LEBANON, NH—On February 12, at approximately 12:55 a.m., Lebanon Police Officers responded to an address on Romano Circle for a report that a male subject had allegedly assaulted a 23-year-old female and then left in her vehicle without her permission. 

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According to a statement released by Lebanon Police Chief Richard Mello, a subsequent investigation took place, with police alleging that Nickolas S. Kemp, age 20, of Newport, NH, had choked his girlfriend to the point where “she could not breath or talk during an argument”. Mello said that the victim “fought back to stop the assault” and that Kemp left the address with another male subject, allegedly in the victim’s vehicle. 

A “Be on the Lookout” alert was issued to area police departments for Kemp and the vehicle, and the Windsor, VT, Police Department located the vehicle in their town, said Mello. Kemp was subsequently arrested by the Cornish, NH, Police Department after a pursuit and transported back to Lebanon where he was charged with 2nd Degree Assault and Theft of a Motor Vehicle, both Class B Felony charges. 

Kemp refused the services of a bail commissioner and was transported to the Grafton County House of Correction pending arraignment in the Grafton County Superior Court, said Mello. 

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