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November 1, 2012

Police: Groveland man attacked teenage girl in her home

Say he attempted sexual assault, ask public's help finding him

GROVELAND — Police are looking for a local man who is charged with attacking a teenage girl at her Weare, N.H., home.

Jonathan Maguire, 20, of 13 Pandora Drive, is considered “dangerous and desperate,” said Groveland Deputy Chief Jeffrey Gillen. Maguire is armed with a knife and has mental health problems, police said.

Police said Maguire attacked the 17-year-old at her home on Old Town Road in Weare at 9:20 p.m. Tuesday and tried to sexually assault her. He then fled in the victim’s 2003 black Jeep Liberty with New Hampshire license plates 2103374, police said. Maguire was last seen wearing jeans, sneakers and no shirt, police said.

The girl was taken to a local hospital for treatment of undisclosed injuries.

Gillen said there is no specific information that Jonathan Maguire was headed back to Groveland, except that he lives in town. His Pandora Drive neighborhood is off Center Street, a block east of School Street (Route 97).

Investigators are asking anyone with information about Maguire’s whereabouts to contact the Groveland Police Station at 978-521-1212.

Gillen said Maguire is well-known to police. He was sentenced to a year in jail in November 2011 after pleading guilty to home invasion and robbery charges. In that case, police said Maguire and his older brother Patrick, also of 13 Pandora Drive, invaded the home of a drug dealer on School Street and demanded cash. They left the house with $511 in cash, police said, but were arrested at their home about an hour later. Jonathan Maguire was armed with brass knuckles during the home invasion, Gillen said.

In the Weare case, a warrant has been issued charging Maguire with second-degree assault, simple assault, obstructing the report of a crime, criminal mischief, and attempting to commit sexual assault.

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