Police are searching for the person who threw a brick through a reporter’s window in Melrose


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“Just the Beginning” has been spray painted on the house, which is linked to a New Hampshire reporter.

Police are looking for a suspect who threw a brick through a window in Melrose.

Authorities are asking for help in identifying a man who allegedly threw a brick through the window of a Melrose home. An ongoing investigation is underway into the connection between this incident and others in New Hampshire.

This incident took place around 10.30am on Saturday May 21, according to a statement from the office of Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan. The victim, who lives on Lynn Fells Parkway in Melrose, told police a brick was thrown through a window and the words ‘just the start’ were spray-painted on the house.

The victim told officials that three other properties in New Hampshire had been the target of similar recent vandalism incidents. The Melrose incident was captured on a Ring doorbell. Officials posted the video on YouTube for public viewing.

Officials said the victim worked as a journalist and was targeted a total of 5 times, including in Concord, Hampstead and Hanover, New Hampshire, at residences linked to him. Police are now reviewing the victim’s recent work to “determine if there is a connection to the incidents of vandalism”, the statement said.

The victim was confirmed to be a reporter for New Hampshire Public Radio. In a statement Thursday, NHPR said its reporters and their families have been the target of vandalism and threats to their safety over the past month.

NHPR is working with law enforcement officials to support their investigation.

“Violence against journalists has increased at an alarming rate, in America and around the world. NHPR condemns attempts to intimidate or harm journalists, here in New Hampshire or elsewhere,” the NHPR statement said.

Video suggests the suspect is a white male with a slender build and about 5ft 10in tall. He was seen wearing a light blue hooded raincoat, khaki pants and black sneakers. He was also carrying a blue-green backpack. More images can be seen on the Middlesex District Attorney’s website.

Video shows the suspect fleeing to Lincoln Street in Melrose.

“Our reporters, producers and editors will not be intimidated in pursuing New Hampshire Public Radio’s public service mission. NHPR’s trusted journalism will continue, every day, to enrich lives and help build stronger communities, here in New Hampshire and beyond,” the NHPR statement said.

Anyone with information about this incident or who thinks they know the suspect is asked to contact Melrose Police at (781) 665-1212.



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