EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

May 3, 2013

Kidnapping suspect seeks lower bail

By Doug Ireland

---- — SALEM — An Allenstown man, charged with kidnapping and trying to sexually assault a Pelham woman, asked that his $100,000 bail be reduced yesterday.

Walter Collier, 34, appeared for a probable cause hearing in 10th Circuit Court, but waived the hearing. The case now heads to Rockingham Superior Court, where Collier faces indictment by a grand jury.

A 38-year-old woman told Pelham police she went on a date with Collier on April 22. After returning to her home, she told police that Collier tried to assault her, but she fended him off.

Collier faces two felony charges of kidnapping and attempted aggravated felonious sexual assault and a misdemeanor simple assault charge. Court documents in the case have been sealed.

Collier and his attorney, Michael Anderson, asked Judge John Korbey to release him on personal recognizance bail because he said he would not flee and does not pose a danger to others.

“He’s not going anywhere,” Anderson said. “He needs to return to his business before it goes under.”

Collier is the father of two young children and owns an Allenstown beer tap business, Anderson said.

Pelham police prosecutor Dennis Mannion said Collier has a criminal history that includes a conviction for felonious sexual assault and could leave the state.

Korbey took the bail request under advisement.