Tense search of barn turns up couple suspected of armed home invasion on the edge of the Upper Valley

ALEXANDRIA, NH - A couple who reportedly burst into a single family home wearing ski masks and wielding a handgun just after the sun rose on Thursday were captured later in the morning after they crashed their car and then were flushed out of a nearby barn by the New Hampshire State Police SWAT team.

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    Matthew Gedney, 36, and Jessica Evans, 23, who's towns of residence were not immediately known, were captured inside the large unoccupied structure a short distance down Lynn Road from where the home invasion and robbery initially took place shortly after 6 a.m.

    The town of Alexandria sits just to the east of Cardigan Mountain and Lynn Avenue is just a short distance off the southern edge of Newfound Lake.

    After stealing an undetermined amount of money from the home owner, the couple fled the scene on foot but a short time later state police received a report of a motor vehicle crash that had occurred further down on Lynn Ave. 

    Police said that when a local resident went to check on the occupants of the crashed 2001 Lexus IS300 they found that the occupants had fled.

    Suspecting that the two incidents were connected, the state police had one of their canines start tracking from the car in an effort to find the suspects.

    The dog led trooper to the nearby unoccupied building and then the dog went inside where it reportedly bit Evans before she exited the building and was taken into custody.

      Police said that Gedney would not come out of the building so the SWAT team and the canine spend several more hours searching the structure "due to the size of the building...(and) all the available spaces to hide."

    Gedney was eventually located up in the rafters and taken into custody.

    The pair are being charged with felony counts of robbery and are due to be arraigned in Grafton Superior Court in North Haverhill.

    The state police were assisted by the Alexandria, Bristol and New Hampton Police Departments. 

Photos courtesy the New Hampshire State Police


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