On August 2, 2017, at approximately 9:46 PM Lebanon Police responded to Dartmouth College Highway to assist the Enfield and Canaan Police Departments, along with New Hampshire State Police, after being notified that Enfield Police Officers were pursuing a vehicle into Lebanon. It was further reported that the vehicle being pursued was possibly connected to an attempted robbery in Enfield. As Lebanon officers arrived in the area it was learned the suspect had abandoned the vehicle on Laplante Road and fled into the woods on foot.
Lebanon Police, Enfield Police, Plainfield Police, Canaan Police, Hanover Police and the New Hampshire State Police all assisted in the search for the suspect into the early morning hours, which included Lebanon Police K9 Units and an Air Unit from the New Hampshire State Police.
Today, at approximately 11:30AM, Lebanon Officers were notified of a suspicious male subject on Hanover Street. Lebanon officers responded and were able to identify the male as Michael Ray Laws, age 32, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Officers were able to identify him as the suspect from the robbery and pursuit. He was taken into custody without incident.
The vehicle Laws was driving was reported stolen from Worcester, Massachusetts. A search of the vehicle was conducted and officers located a replica handgun.
Laws is charged with Attempted Robbery and Receiving Stolen Property, both Class B Felonies, Disobeying an Officer, Reckless Driving, Possession of Drugs (Marijuana) in a Motor Vehicle, all of which are Class A Misdemeanors. Laws was also found to have a nationwide extraditable warrant for Criminal Sexual Conduct 1st Degree, issued out of South Carolina. Laws refused the services of a Bail Commissioner and was transported to the Grafton County House of Corrections pending his arraignment in the Grafton County Superior Court on August 4th, 201
Authorized by: Chief Richard R. Mello Date: 8/3/2017