Syringe-Wielding Suspect Faces Dangerousness Hearing

Police say the man in the surveillance photograph is John Parsons, 22.

A New Hampshire man, accused in an attempted robbery earlier this month with an uncapped syringe, was arraigned in Haverhill District Court Monday.

John Parsons, 22, of Ossipee, N.H., faces a dangerousness hearing Tuesday, Sept. 29. He was taken into custody at 1:28 p.m., Monday, at police headquarters, 40 Bailey Boulevard. Under a warrant from Haverhill police, he was charged with armed robbery, drug possession with intent to distribute and threatening to commit a crime.

Parson had been held in New Hampshire, pending extradition to Massachusetts, after his arrest by U.S. Marshals last week on a charge of being a fugitive from justice.

A WHAV website reader and others identified Parsons from a surveillance photograph as the syringe-wielding attempted robbery suspect who threatened a clerk at Cumberland Farms, 426 Lowell Ave.

“We received numerous tips as a result of WHAV and other media outlets that lead to his arrest,” Captain Robert P. Pistone said.

At about 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 8, the suspect “grabbed a can of Coke and approached the clerk, pulled out an uncapped needle, pointed it at the clerk and demanded all of the money,” Pistone said. “When the clerk asked if the male was joking the robber stated, ‘do you want aids?’ Another customer entered the store which appears to have spooked the would be robber and he fled on foot towards McDonalds.”