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Man stabbed at campground over unpaid rent

(Feb. 9, 2011) -- An Albany man is being charged with second degree attempted murder and witness tampering, after luring a man to a campground Monday and allegedly stabbing him over unpaid rent, reported the Union Leader.

ALBANY, N.H. — An Albany man is being charged with second degree attempted murder and witness tampering, after luring a man to a campground Monday and allegedly stabbing him over unpaid rent, reported the Union Leader.

Richard Moulton of Albany was arraigned Tuesday afternoon in the District Court of Northern Carroll County.

Ronald Routhier was taken to the hospital and treated for cuts to his back and head.

According to court documents, Moulton asked Routhier to go with him to a campground on Trailside Drive “to help him with something,” at around 5:45 p.m.

“When they got to the camper, Mr. Routhier stepped up to go into the camper and Moulton was standing behind him,” when Moulton pulled out a knife, court documents said.

Routhier tried to run away, but fell to the ground, at which point, “Moulton was on top of (Routhier), punching and stabbing him . . . and was holding a knife to his throat,” the court papers said.

Routhier told investigators, Moulton told him “it was his fault he was losing his property to the bank because (Routhier) hadn’t paid his rent in a year.”

Moulton let Routhier up from the ground and, according to court papers, said “all it would take is one phone call and he could have his whole family killed if (Routhier) told anyone what happened.”

Police found a demand for rent and notice to quit addressed to Routhier in Moulton’s home, and a “large knife that was taken apart and appeared to have been cleaned.” They also found clothing matching the description of what Moulton was wearing during the assault in the washer.

A probable cause hearing is scheduled for Feb. 14.

For the complete story from the Union Leader, click here.

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