, Salem, MA


January 16, 2014

Barricaded couple have lengthy criminal record


After sending a BOLO blast to area departments regarding the incident, Amesbury police located the abandoned vehicle and tracked down the person who gave the suspects a ride to Hampton Falls.

According to court documents, Hampton Falls detectives attempted to contact the suspects at the house, but no one responded. A perimeter was set up around the house, which is connected to another unit. While the perimeter was being established, Amesbury Detective Sean Leary saw Gragg try to exit through a window inside the adjoining unit. Gragg was ordered to stop, which he did. It is believed the couple broke into the next unit, owned by Amanda Rich.

During the afternoon, police obtained arrest warrants and were able to convince them to end their standoff shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday. Because the suspects entered Rich’s apartment without permission, police charged them with burglary. Police are continuing their investigation into the items found in their car, and more charges may be filed. Other than a loaded crossbow found outside the building, no weapons were discovered.

Gragg has had many run-ins with law enforcement, with a criminal background stretching back more than 12 years. In December 2011, Gragg was arrested at a Hudson, N.H., medical center after he tried to obtain a controlled drug while pretending to be a police officer.

Police were called there for the report of a suspicious person trying to get a controlled drug. Health-care employees believed Gragg matched the description of a man suspected of impersonating a police officer in several other locations, police said. Gragg gave employees of the clinic a false name and led them to believe he was a police officer, police said. When police arrived and arrested Gragg, they found he had a false New Hampshire license in his possession.

In 1996, he was jailed after beating a teenager and forcing him into a refrigerator. He also faced a felony assault charge early in 1997 for allegedly firing a shotgun at another teenager in Manchester. Gragg was mentioned in an Associated Press story in March 1997 about a Derry street gang, Impact. Gragg was the reputed gang leader at the time, according to the story.

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