Robbery suspects in court

by Christian Mower on February 19, 2014

Conway Police say two armed robbery suspects have made their initial appearances in court.

Lt. Chris Perley says 45-year-old James D. Bushey of Leisure Dr. in Ossipee and 32-year-old Luke J. Porter of White Mountain Hwy. in Conway appeared separately before Special Justice James Patten in District Court in Ossipee Tuesday afternoon.

Bushey was arrested Friday shortly after 7 p.m. after a security guard reportedly found him passed out in a stairwell at the North Conway Grand Hotel near Settlers’ Green Outlet Village. Wearing a gray jacket and white baseball cap, Bushey matched the description of a suspect who had allegedly approached a Canadian customer near a store in Settlers Green about an hour earlier, claiming he had a gun and demanding the customer give him $40.

Perley says the customer refused and yelled loudly, drawing attention to the suspect, who temporarily got away until he refused the security guard’s order to leave the hotel. At that point, police were called to the scene and determined Bushey was the alleged suspect.

Bushey is charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass and attempted armed robbery, a felony. Perley says a weapon has not been recovered in Bushey’s case, but whether he actually had one or not during the alleged crime is immaterial if he indicated he had one.

Porter was returned from Orlando, Florida late last week after being arrested by local police at a hotel there in January, 2014 after being given a tip from Conway Police. He allegedly showed a handgun and shoved a clerk at the Conway Shurfine Plaza Family Dollar Store at 234 White Mountain Hiwy. Dec. 28, 2013 before grabbing an undisclosed amount of cash and leaving the store.

Porter is charged with two felonies, armed robbery and criminal threatening with a deadly weapon. Police say evidence related to his case was recovered at a Route 16 motel a few blocks north of the robbery location. The alleged gun used during the crime has also been recovered.

No one was physically hurt in either incident, but Perley says both cases are examples of what were formerly thought of as “big city crimes” coming to Conway that affect more people than just the victim and perpetrator.

Patten set bail Porter at $10,000 cash and $5,000 cash for Bushey. Both men are due back in court March 4, 2014.