Neither police nor Grosky said why Thomas George takes Adderall, commonly prescribed for people with attention deficit disorder.
While Catherine George was lying in bed yesterday morning, her son — still angry — confronted her, holding a hammer in one hand and a knife in the other, the affidavit said. He demanded the Adderall, which she then gave him.
But Thomas George attacked his mother anyway, police said.
He then fled the family’s apartment, leaving his mother behind with life-threatening injuries.
Catherine George’s 911 call triggered an investigation and pursuit involving Salem, Derry, Londonderry and New Hampshire State Police.
After fleeing, Thomas George drove the Kia to Derry, where he abandoned the car while it was still running. It was left on Gamache Road, near the family’s former home at 89R Kendall Pond Road and close to the Londonderry town line.
Londonderry police shut down the road while investigators, including a K-9 unit, searched near the home and the abandoned car.
Thomas George then stole a green Chevrolet Blazer and headed back toward Salem.
Police sent out alerts to the community and notified Derry and Salem schools. Thomas George’s 15-year-old brother, Anthony George, is a freshman at Salem High School.
Thomas George, who formerly attended Pinkerton Academy, attends night school classes at Salem High, Superintendent Michael Delahanty said.
News of the search put residents on edge in both communities.
Charles Boyce of Derry sat in his car near the Londonderry roadblock, monitoring the pursuit through a police scanner application on his cellphone. He was concerned about Thomas George going to Haigh School in Salem, where his wife, Carrie, is a teacher.
“I just want to make sure they find this guy,” Boyce said. “It’s crazy.”
Several employees and customers at Shaw’s supermarket on Cluff Crossing Road could be heard discussing the pursuit.