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Man claiming to be a vampire arrested on charged felonies

New Hampshire may still be recovering from the Halloween season with several bizarre events ending up on local police blotters. The latest incident involves felonies charges against a man who allegedly attacked two women employees of a grocery store. When apprehended, he told police that he was a vampire.

According to police in Concord, New Hampshire, the 21-year-old defendant approached a store employee who was taking boxes to a dumpster. He told her that he was a vampire and then ran toward her. The woman ran back into the store while screaming for help, per the police.

He chased her into the store and scared her to the extent that she reportedly fell to the ground inside the store. He then allegedly assaulted her to some undetermined degree while she was on the ground. He then went toward another store employee and allegedly assaulted her. It is unclear whether the two victims were injured.

The man allegedly also told the first woman that if she just would touch him he could save her. Police say that when they took him into custody, he reported not only being a vampire but also claimed to be Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean and other fictional literary characters. Police also claim that the defendant was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, but they did not identify which one.

It may be that this man's behavior was influenced by mental illness on some level or another. Even with drugs or alcohol, the behavior may be indicative of a mental syndrome that is independent of outside factors. Defense counsel will likely arrange for him to obtain an independent psychiatric exam pursuant to New Hampshire law to determine whether a viable defense exists to the charged felonies. He was placed in custody and remains in prison.

Source: CBS News, "N.H. man claims to be vampire after assault arrest, police say", Nov. 8, 2016

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