Arguments over property can often lead to situations that involve assault or other charges. Two New Hampshire women are facing theft and property crimes charges, including charges for armed robbery, after a dispute over the ownership of a backpack that contained some medication.
According to police, they were called to a residence when a woman phoned 911. The woman said that two men took her friend's knife and medication. She said the men made them leave. During an investigation, police determined that two women attempted to confront the men over the backpack. According to reports, one of the women had a knife.
One of the men reportedly was able to take the knife from the woman. The women were then made to exit the residence. Police report no one was hurt.
The women, who are 20 years old and 19 years old, were both charged with armed robbery. The 19-year-old woman also had two bench warrants, according to authorities. Bail for both women was set at $1,000 in cash. They are scheduled for a probable cause hearing in May.
It's tempting sometimes to take matters in your own hands when you feel someone has wronged you. A simple dispute over goods can turn into criminal charges and an arrest, however, when you do so. Instead of confronting the men with a knife and then calling the police, the women would likely have been better off calling authorities to report the matter to begin with. If emotions or tempers do flare and criminal charges occur, then understanding your rights and options is essential to the best possible outcome in a case.
Source: New Hampshire Union Leader, "Swanzey woman charged with Keene armed robbery" Meghan Pierce, May. 01, 2014