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Man faces charges in 2 N.H. killings

ROBERT LACOMBE JR. ROBERT LACOMBE JR.
By John M. Guilfoil
Globe Staff / June 26, 2011

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A 24-year-old man was arrested in Randolph yesterday afternoon and charged with killing two people in New Hampshire.

Police responded to an Island Road home in Grafton, N.H., at about 9 a.m. yesterday, and they found William Hatch, 24, and Crystal Farnham, 23, shot to death inside.

Robert Lacombe Jr. was quickly identified as a person of interest in the case. A previous police department photo of him was released to the media, and he was believed to be driving a 1998 black Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Randolph police said Lacombe was arrested at a Comfort Inn in the town south of Boston. Police did not specify whether Lacombe was captured in a vehicle or found inside a building. He was charged with two counts of second-degree murder.

Lacombe was being held in Massachusetts yesterday as New Hampshire authorities took steps to return him there to face the charges.

Lacombe gave police a Florida address at booking. Police believe he may have been living in New Hampshire temporarily. New Hampshire State Police were interviewing Lacombe in Randolph last night.

Officials did not indicate a motive in the killings. Autopsies were to be performed tomorrow on the victims. The Grafton County Sheriff’s Office and New Hampshire State Police declined to comment on the case, referring calls to Attorney General Michael Delaney. A spokeswoman for Delaney did not respond to a call seeking comment.

Grafton is about 40 miles northwest of Concord.