Police: NH Man Impersonates Officer to Break Up What He Thought Was Sex Trafficking
SALEM — A Wolfeboro man accused of imperonating an officer and pointing a gun at another man said he did it because he thought a woman was being used for sex trafficking, police said.
Police responded to the parking lot of the Park View Inn for a reported dispute Friday. When officers arrived, they saw a man pointing a handgun at another man who was seated in a vehicle, police said.
Officers took control of the tense situation quickly and secured the gun from the man.
Police then spoke with the two men and a woman and learned that the victim and a female acquaintance had arrived at the motel to meet another person that she had been speaking with on a dating site.
The suspect, identified as David Monteith, 30, told police that he believed the woman was involved in human sex trafficking and decided to take matters into his own hands. He retrieved a handgun from his vehicle and began shouting orders at the man who was driving.
Monteith told the man to “freeze” and then identified himself as an officer as Salem police arrived on scene, police said.
Monteith was taken into custody without incident and charged with one count of reckless conduct with a deadly weapon and false personation. He was released on $2,500 personal recognizance bail and will be arraigned in the Rockingham County Superior Court on Nov. 17 at 1 p.m.
Salem police want residents to be aware and vigilant of their surroundings, but they strongly encourage the public to call local law enforcement if they see suspicious activity and not take matters into their own hands.