For Immediate Release
June 1, 2011
Tracy M. Culberson, Assistant Attorney General
Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation Unit
Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau
Attorney Michael A. Delaney announced today that Joseph Audet, age 23, of Manchester NH pled guilty in the Hillsborough County Superior Court to two felony counts of robbery and one felony count of second-degree assault. Audet was sentenced to serve 6-15 years in the New Hampshire State Prison.
In December 2010, Audet approached two elderly women from behind as they were walking arm in arm to church in Manchester. Audet grabbed a purse from one of the women, the force of which caused both of them to fall to the ground. One of the women suffered a broken wrist as a result of the fall. Audet fled on foot and was captured later that same day when he returned to the area of the robbery to retrieve his pickup truck that he had parked at the Currier Gallery of Art. An alert security officer at the art gallery caught the entire robbery on video.
After his arrest, Audet confessed to the robbery and also confessed to a similar robbery of an 87-year old woman two weeks earlier at the Rite Aid located on Mammoth Road in Manchester.
In addition to receiving a term of incarceration, Audet was ordered to pay restitution, complete drug and alcohol treatment, and have no contact with any of the victims.
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