School cook arrested with his girlfriend after they ‘hid loaded gun in stroller next to baby daughter’
A New Hampshire couple have been arrested after police found a loaded handgun hidden in a stroller next to their baby daughter.
Jonathan Bijoel, 28, and Cassandra Gagnon, 23, both of Manchester, were caught with the weapon, which turned out to be stolen, during a Monday night stroll with the one-year-old.
Officers were investigating a robbery attempt and assault in which one man was hit in the face with a firearm after the robber who they knew as ‘John’ demanded money.
Arrested: Jonathan Bijoel, pictured, was charged after cops found a handgun in his baby’s stroller
Mother: Cassandra Gagnon, 23, pictured, apparently didn’t know the gun was in the stroller
They tracked down the suspect, who turned out to be Bijoel, a cook at a local school, and approached him while he was walking the child with Gagnon.
As the officers approached, Gagnon took control of the carriage and attempted to walk away but the trio was ultimately detained without incident, Manchester police Lt. Maureen Tessier said in a statement.
‘Further investigation lead to the recovery of a loaded 9mm handgun from the storage area of the carriage located under the child’s seat,’ she said.
‘The gun was later determined to have been stolen.’
Bijoel was charged with robbery, theft of a firearm and felon in possession of a firearm due to a felony conviction from 2001.
He is being held on $65,000 bail, according to the Manchester Union Leader.
The man was previously indicted on a heroin possession charge by the Hillsborough County North Grand Jury and is scheduled for trial in Circuit District Court on September 4 on misdemeanor charges including endangering the welfare of a child.
He told Judge Gregory Michael on Tuesday that his girlfriend didn’t know about the gun.
Gagnon was charged with falsifying physical evidence and violation of bail conditions.
But the woman told the judge she has two children and is starting a new job so bail was set at $1,500.