On Saturday, June 26, 2021, at approximately 4:50 pm, Police responded to the area of the BP Gas Station on South Main Street for a disturbance.
It was reported a male, described as being in his 30’s with a white shirt and dirty jeans, had asked a female customer for a ride. When the female denied the ride and the male started yelling at an employee there and grabbed the employee before the employee was able to push him away. The male then got on a bus and left the area.
About 15 minutes later, around 5:05 pm, Police responded to the area of the Lilac Mall for another disturbance regarding a male wearing a white t-shirt and jeans. It was reported that the male was trying to get into vehicles and had attacked a female by hitting her in the head.
When the first Officer arrived, he located the male inside Dollar Tree. Due to the reports of his erratic behavior and assaults, the Officer attempted to detain the male as he tried to go behind the register area. He became combative with the Officer by throwing soda at him, hitting him in the chest, and pulling away from him while trying to be detained. At that point, a customer began to assist the Officer as the male continued to be combative. When the second Officer arrived to assist, the male struck the Officer in the head and continued to resist. A third Officer arrived, and eventually, the male was taken into custody and Officers were able to speak with witnesses.
Another bystander reported that the individual got off the bus at the Lilac Mall and began trying to get into cars. He approached one vehicle and grabbed the male driver and tried to pull him out of the driver’s seat. A female passenger reported the male punched her a few times while trying to get into the car, then got in the back, told them to drive, but then left after taking a can of soda.
Another female noticed the male trying to get into cars so she yelled for someone to call the Police. The male ran toward her, got in the bed of her truck, and threated to kill the female and her family if she did not give him a ride. The female, who was seated in her truck with her two-year-old child, said the male then went into the Dollar Tree when another customer came over to her to see if she was ok.
While in the store, the male seemed disoriented and started approaching customers and employees while screaming before the first responding Officer arrived.
As a result of the incidents at the BP and the Lilac Mall, Police arrested Raul Vides III, 33, of Rochester. Vides was charged with multiple felonies, Possession of a Controlled Drug, Kidnapping x2, Robbery, and multiple misdemeanors, 6 counts of Simple Assault, Resisting Arrest, Criminal Threatening, Criminal Trespass, and Disorderly Conduct. Vides was transported to the Strafford County Jail and was arraigned on Monday June 28 at 1230 in the Strafford County Superior Court.