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

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

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.

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