Cornish man arrested for trespassing, DUI, and other charges

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CORNISH — A Cornish man was arrested Sunday afternoon after several reports of strange behavior, including trespassing in residents’ yards while partially dressed, according to local authorities.

The Cornish Police Department said they received a call around 2:30 p.m. on May 26 from a homeowner on Mace Road who encountered a man acting oddly in their garage.

The man left the scene in a dark blue Ford Focus bearing New Hampshire license plates when confronted.

Following the incident, officers from Cornish, Plainfield, and Claremont Police Departments, as well as a New Hampshire State Trooper, began searching for the individual and his vehicle.

At 3:47 p.m., Claremont Dispatch received two calls from residents on Tifft Road in Cornish, also reporting a strange-acting man on their properties.

Minutes later, Cornish Police Chief Doug Hackett located the man, identified as 38-year-old Donald Robichaud Jr. of Claremont, walking down Tifft Road dressed only in a polo shirt and underwear.

His car was found nearby.

Robichaud was arrested and charged with criminal trespass, driving under the influence, false report to law enforcement, and contempt of court for breach of bail.

He was held at the Sullivan County House of Corrections pending his arraignment.

On May 28, during his arraignment at Newport District Court, Robichaud was released on personal recognizance bail with pre-trial services.

He was also ordered not to return to three properties in Cornish.

The Cornish Police Department expressed gratitude for the assistance provided by the Plainfield and Claremont Police Departments, as well as the New Hampshire State Police.

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